Ella Thorp Ellis was brought up in California. After her parents separated, she lived with various friends and relatives and both parents. As a teenager, she caught tuberculosis, and had more than enough time to sit and dream. She had, she said, “little to do but read and dream eighteen hours a day for three years [which] probably turned me into a writer.” When married with three sons, she moved to Argentina, and wrote about the people she missed; when the family returned to America, she wrote about her longed for Argentina, where her horse book, Roam the Wild Country, is based.
Finding the book: this book is easy to find in the USA. It was not printed in the UK.
Henry Holt & Company, New York, 1967, 212 pp, illus Bret Schlesinger
Aladdin, 1967, pb
Martin, his friends and his uncle Epifanio drive a 250 strong herd of Arabian horses to Calamuchita when the Argentine drought means there is only one month of grass left. The three boys and the old Gaucho face a challenging journey; a puma stalks them and horses are injured before they have even reached the “unexplored” pass they must cross to reach grass.