George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1957, illus the author Reprinted 1958
The Bodley Head, pb, London, 1985, 238 pp
Purple Tree Press, Cynthiana, KY, 2015, 253 pp
Prince Michael still lives in his family castle in Hungary, despite the presence of the Nazis. He is more interested though in mastering the black stallion Midnight, but when war comes Michael is separated from the horse and from his family.
The Good Master Viking, New York, 1935, 210 pp, illus the author
George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1937 Puffin Books, Harmondsworth, pb, 1959, 160 pp
Jancsi lives on a large farm in the Hungarian plains with his parents. His cousin Kate, a city girl, is coming to stay with them, as she is “delicate”. Kate soon proves to be anything but delicate, and the possessor of an alarmingly loud scream. She and Jancsi soon make friends, and enjoy all the farm has to offer.
The Singing Tree Viking Press, New York, 247 pp, illus the author
George G Harrap & Co Ltd, London, 1940, hb
Knight, pb, Leicester, 1969, 192 pp, illus Imre Hofbauer
Puffin Books, New York, 1990, pb
This is the sequel to The Good Master. The First World War hits Hungary, and the farm now hosts several refugees: six Russian prisoners working on the farm; six German children escaping Berlin, Kate’s grandparents, and a spoiled Judge’s daughter. Kate and Jancsi’s fathers, as well as several of the farm workers, have gone to serve as soldiers.