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Eve Bunting

Anne Evelyn Bunting (1928 - ) was born in Ireland, to a poetry loving father who read poetry to her from a young age, and a mother who started a library in Maghera, the village where the family lived. They emigrated to America in 1958. After moving to California, Eve took a creative writing course, and wrote her first book, The Two Giants, a re-telling of an Irish legend. She is a writer who has ranged over a considerable number of genres: picture books, novels and non fiction, and has tackled difficult issues head on. Her books look at racism, death, bullying, and that taboo of our age, obesity. These can be seen in her horse books, of which I’ve found five. There may well be more.


Finding the books: all are easy to find second hand.


Links and sources

Scholastic on Eve Bunting

An interview with Eve Bunting


Bibliography - horse books only

Going Against Cool Calvin

Scholastic Book Services, New York, 1978



Jay’s friends like to beat up Mexicans trying to get over the border fence, Jay’s feeling about the
whole thing change after he and his horse Blue almost drown in the sea.

Dream Dancer

Child’s World Inc, 1992, illus Duane Krych



A young girl hits upon a plan to save both her grandfather and an old horse from retirement.

Lady’s Girl

Child’s World Inc, 1992, illus Duane Krych



When their mare dies giving birth, it is up to Jenny to save the foal’s life.


Ride When You’re Ready

Child’s World Inc, 1992, illus Duane Krych



Overweight Pat is used to losing out to the thin, pretty girls at school. Pat is excited to enter her
palomino, Gold Dust in their first horse show, but when Pat sees a beautiful girl on silver-white
horse, the old self-consciousness returns.


The Wild Horses

Child’s World Inc, 1992, illus Duane Krych