Ponies, ponies, ponies
Diane Lee Wilson
Diane Lee Wilson writes historical horse stories. I haven’t been disappointed with one I’ve read yet. Her books are intensely readable; generally portraits of teenagers coming to terms with the world in which they find themselves, and that world’s restrictions. The author has loved horses since she was tiny (she was kicked by a carnival pony at the age of three -
She took degrees in English and Fine Arts at the University of Iowa. Her first book, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade, was an ALA (American Library Association) Best Book for Young Adults, and her second, To Ride the Gods’ Own Stallion, was a Junior Library Guild selection.
Finding the books: Black Storm Comin’ is still in print, and freely available secondhand. Firehorse, I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade and To Ride the Gods’ Own Stallion are easy to find secondhand. Ravenspeak and Tracks are still in print.
Links and sources
To Ride the Gods’ Own Stallion
Dorling Kindersley, New York, 2000, 276 pp. Cover Raul Colon
Set in Ninevah in 640 BC, Soulai is sold into slavery by his father. He is bought by one of the
king’s sons, and works as a stable boy, caring for the horse Ti. Habasle, the horse’s owner,
abuses him, and Soulai is determined to save the horse.
I Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade
Orchard Books, New York, 1998, 232 pp.
Harper Collins, New York, pb, 1999
Oyuna and her white mare Bayan travel through Mongolian Society.
Black Storm Comin’
Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, 2005, 295pp.
Aladdin Paperbacks, New York, 2006, pb
Colton Wescott is stranded with his mother and sisters on one side of the mountains; on the other
lie his mother’s freedom papers. The only way he has of getting across the mountains is by signing
on as a rider for the Pony Express.
Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, 2006, 326pp.
Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, 2010, pb, 326pp.
Rachel and her family move from the country to Boston. Rachel has to leave her beloved horse, but
finds a famous fire-
to save her; fight to realise her dreams of becoming a vet, and fight the Great Fire of Boston.
Margaret McElderry Books, New York, 2010, 252 pp.
“Asa Coppermane is the proud daughter of a Viking chief. Asa and her horse, Rune, are
creatures of the sea and the cold northernland. But this winter has been the worst one
Asa has ever seen. Her father and the other men have gone to sea to search for food,
leaving behind the women and children, many sick with fever. Also left behind is Jorgen,
the clan's wise man. His stories are meant to comfort them all, but Asa suspects that
what Jorgan really wants is power. Now that her father is gone, Jorgen demands Asa
give up Rune -
When Jorgen comes to kill Rune, Asa fights him off and she and the horse flee. They find shelter with a one-
Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, 2012, hb, 276pp.
Margaret K McElderry Books, New York, 2010, pb, 288pp.
Malachy finds a job as a builder: but it is no ordinary job. Rail companies are competing to build
the first Transcontinental railroad. He has to contend with anti-
happy to follow the herd and discriminate against the Chinese workers. His only friends are his
dog Brina, and the blind workhorse Blind Thomas, but in the end Malachy manages to see beyond