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The Star Series

The Horse Trap

Star Bright

Star Lost

Lucky Star

Star the Seahorse

Heads Up

Coward-McCann, 1956, illus Leonard Shortall
Scholastic pb reprint 1961, and 1965, illus Leonard Shortall

“Peggy rides Mr McGrugeon’s jumpers during the fair season, and at one fair she

becomes friends with the trick riding Tucker family and wishes that she lived
with such a friendly family instead of her own foster family.”

The Doggone Roan

Coward-McCann, New York, 1957, illus Paul Frame

“Babe helps her dad take care of their racing Quarter Horse Strawberry, but when her dad breaks
his arm and then Strawberry is injured, Babe is afraid they’ll have to get out of racing.”

4-H Filly

Coward-McCann, 1958, illus Leonard Shortall

Sandy thinks she might have to sell her filly Dove, as the ranch is in trouble financially. She works
her hardest while her parents are away, trying to make the ranch self-sufficient, and then an
earthquake strikes.

Galloping Gold

Coward-McCann, 1958, illus Leonard Shortall

Sue had to sell her colt Pal two years ago, and has been saving ever since so she can buy him
back. She goes to the big palomino horse show, hoping she can buy him, but finds out that he
has become a very valuable animal.


Coward-McCann, New York, 1959, illus Sam Savitt (far right)
UK: Dent, London, 1960 (right)

Ellie thinks she knows her horse, Challenger, really well, but training her friend Pam
to ride him well is a real challenge.

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Horse in Her Heart
Coward-McCann, 1960, illus Sam Savitt

Carol has managed to spoil her horse Skipper, but won’t let Jim help her to retrain him. Then she
goes to France, and learns that horses and people both need discipline.

Diving Horse
Coward-McCann, New York, 1960, illus Sam Savitt

Annie has managed to train her horse Spotty to do a diving act, but before their first ever
performance, she gets stage fright and finds her nerves have been communicated to her horse.

Loco, the Bronc

Edward McCann, New York, 1961, Illus Sam Savitt

The bucking horse Loco was left behind by the rodeo as he was sick. Lynn helps the caretaker
care for him, and when she forms a relationship with the sick horse, tries to talk the owner of the
rodeo into selling her the horse.

The Horse Trap
Coward-McCann, 1962, illus Leonard Shortall

Deborah Lee Bell has two problems: one, that she doesn’t own a horse, and two, that she doesn’t
tend to think before she acts.

The Mysterious Buckskin

Patsey Gray writing as Virginia Clark

Macmillan 1960

Cover art by Charles W. Walker

Ann and Ken are leading a group of three on a long trail ride.  Ann thinks the buckskin horse one
of them is riding looks like her horse Frosty, who was stolen.

Star Bright

Norton, New York, 1964, right
Young Readers’ Press, NY, 1968 pb, far right

Debbie has a horse: Star Bright, but he will have to earn his living be being
useful on the farm, or he will have to go.

Star Lost

Norton, New York, 1965, right
Young Readers’ Press, NY, 1966, pb, far right

Debbie and Maureen go on a camping trip with their horses, but because
Debbie won’t listen to what she’s told, both horses escape and are lost.


Norton, New York,1966, illus Sam Savitt,170 pp. right

Young Readers’ Press, New York, 1969, far right

Jumping Jack

Norton, 1965, illus Sam Savitt, right
Young Reader Press, 1965, far right

Miss Van leaves the club stables for two months, and Jill finds her replacement,

Captain Clark, difficult to get on with. He’s conceited, and seems to want to
spoil her success in showing Jack.

Show Ring Rogue
Coward-McCann, 1963, illus Leonard Shortall

Sheila has a brace on her leg after an illness, and doesn’t want anyone to see her riding with it.
She meets the horse Rogue, who refuses to go into the show ring, and together they solve each
other’s problems.

Star, the Sea Horse
Norton, New York, 1968

Deb is bored with the ranch, and bored with her friend. She visits her friend Kitty on the beach,
but finds her bright idea of keeping her horse, Star, in Kitty’s flimsy corral won’t work.

Blue Ribbon Summer
W W Norton, New York,1968

Jean has been looking forward at the summer show circuit, competing with her horse, Nobleman,
and seeing Ron. However, Ron brings his younger sister along, and she is a natural rider. Jean
is jealous.

The Flag Is Up
Camden, NJ, Nelson, 1970

Pablo and his grandfather find themselves in charge of a racehorse: they feel they can’t let him
go back to his careless owners. He’s too good for that.

Lucky Star
Norton, New York, 1967

Deb wants her mother and Mr Bailey, the man who takes care of her horse, Star, to get married.
When Mr Bailey announces he’s been offered another job, Deb starts scheming to prevent him
from going.

Norah’s Ark
Norton, New York, 1966

This is more a girl and animals story than a pony book. “Norah and Kelly are stranded at a
hunting lodge during a California flood, and as the flood waters rise, various animals seek refuge
at the lodge, including an Arabian mare and later her young foal.”


Happiness is a Well-Trained Horse

Farnam, Nebraska, 1979. Pb.

Show and Tell: how to win Trail Classes

A S Barnes, 1976

Barefoot a Thousand Miles

Walker, New York, 1984

Double Standards
Ace Tempo, New York, 1983, rept 1986

Don’t Forget To Write
Ace Tempo, 1983