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Jennie Brown Rawlins

Jennie Brown Rawlins (1910 - 2003) was an Idaho based author who started writing once her children, Barbara and Lane, were teenagers and she had more time to herself. She was named Idaho’s Writer of the Year for three years, and wrote for adults as well as for children. Her best known book, High Button Shoes, was a fictionalised account of her childhood on a farm, and was the first in a trilogy of books, with Secret in the Cave being the second, and her one horse book, Tame the Wild Wind, the third. Tame the Wild Wind is a coming of age story. It was reprinted for the State of Idaho’s centennial celebration in 1990. The ending had always saddened the author, so the reprint was given a different, and happier, ending.


Jennie Brown Rawlins’ son, Lane, served as President of three universities: Memphis, Washington State and North Texas, and created a scholarship in creative writing at the University of Washington State in her name after her death.


Finding the book: easy to find, but was not printed in the UK.


Links and sources

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

Biographical information from Don Matson, Jennie Brown Rawlins’ grandson

Biographical information

Biographical information, and information on the Jennie Brown Rawlins Scholarship in Creative Writing

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the picture and information on the book.



Bibliography - horse books only

Tame the Wild Wind

Avalon Books, New York, 1968, 191 pp

Neves, Idaho, 1990, revised paperback edition


Chris Collins, 16, stays at the Brown family farm for the summer. He is an, and has behavioural
problems. Jennie had been looking forward to a fun summer with Chris, Rosemary, and the horses.
But Chris does not want friends, and is withdrawn and unfriendly. Then a wild stallion is captured,
and Chris takes on the job of taming him. His relationship with the stallion has remarkable effects
on all of them. Then a flood and a resulting tragedy tests how much progress Chris has actually
made.”