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Marion Dane Bauer

Marion Dane Bauer (1938 - ) was born in the shadow of the Illinois cement mill where her father worked, and remembers her childhood as idyllic, though school became progressively more difficult. She was an isolated child. Life became easier as she matured, and she studied journalism and English; worked as a teacher and raised a family, and then decided to write seriously. She wrote as a child, and her first remembered composition was a poem in praise of her teddy bear. She later became known for speaking out on homosexuality. Bauer is a prolific author for children, and one of her books, On My Honor was a Newbery Honor Book. She wrote just the one horse book, Touch the Moon, which is a fantasy in which a horse is able to talk.


Finding the book: the book is easy to find in both hardback and paperback versions. It was not published in the UK.

Links and sources

Marion Dane Bauer’s website

Scholastic Books on Marion Dane Bauer

An interview with Marion Dane Bauer

Harper Collins on Marion Dane Bauer

Many thanks to Susan Bourgeau for all her help with this section.



Touch the Moon

Clarion Books/Ticknor & Fields, New York, 1987, 77 pp, illus Alix Berenzy

Dell Yearling, 1989


Jennifer thought her father had promised her a real horse for her birthday. She is furious when
what she gets is a china horse and riding lessons. However, there is much more to the figurine
than she thought; it makes the beautiful golden palomino Moonseeker appear, and only Jennifer
can see him. And indeed hear him, as he can talk. The two then get stuck in a cave.

Bibliography - horse books only