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Helen Oakley

Helen Oakley wrote four horse books, as far as I know. I am very short of biographical information on this author, so if anyone can supply anything I would be very grateful.

Finding the books: all the books are reasonably easy to find. None were published in the UK.

Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

The Horse on the Hill

Knopf, New York, 1957, 247 pp, illus Ursula Koering

“The big red horse is returned to his owner when Midge finds him in their upper pasture, but the
horse keeps returning to the pasture until his owner decides to let him stay there and lets Midge
help exercise him for the upcoming horse show.”

The Ranch by the Sea

Knopf, New York, 1959, 209 pp, illus Charles Geer

“When Mr Crabbe leases his seashore land to a family offering pony rides and riding lessons,
the summer people are opposed to any horses on the beach, but Marty helps the summer people
and Mr Crabbe resolve their long standing feud.”

The Enchanter‘s Wheel
W W Norton & Company, Inc, New York, 1962, 181 pp, illus Charles Geer
Young Readers’ Press, New York, 1966

Bess is spending the summer on her uncle’s farm in West Virginia. The mare South Wind is
boarded at the farm while her owner is away, and Bess’s Cousin Rod makes it clear Bess is
to stay away from her. Although she spends her days riding the old pony Cream Puff, Bess
plots to raise money to buy South Wind

Bibliography - horse books only

Freedom’s Daughter
W W Norton & Company, Inc, New York, 1968, 179 pp, illus Charles Geer

Historical story about the beginnings of West Virginia.