Ponies, ponies, ponies
Scott O’Dell (1898 -
He enjoyed the research part of writing most, and would often write about things he knew little about, simply so that he could learn. He is best known for his historical fiction, of which Carlota is an example. Of the process of writing, he said: “Anthony Trollope, the great English storyteller, said that it was a piece of sticking plaster with which to fasten your pants to a chair. I agree. Writing is hard, harder than digging a ditch, and it requires patience.”
His wife, Elizabeth Hall, is also an author. She continues to write, as well as indulge her hobbies of white water rafting and studying wolves.
Finding the books: still in print and readily available in both the USA and UK.
Links and sources
Scott O’Dell’s website
Elizabeth Hall’s website
Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1977, 153 pp
For a longer summary of the book, click here.
Carlota’s brother is dead, and it is up to her, she thinks, to take his place. She
races her horse, dives for gold, and fights in the Mexican-
always sided with her father, but in the end, has to go her own way.