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Helen Markley Miller

Blades of Grass

Doubleday & Company, Inc, New York, 1963, 214 pp, illus Salem Tamer

Madge has had to move to Idaho, where she has no friends, and no school. Her father raises
cattle; Madge wishes she had a horse of her own to alleviate the boredom, but she just has old
Gabe, the family horse, unlike her brother Alan, who has a lively horse called Comet. Alan
eventually lets Madge ride Comet, which helps when Alan wants to marry the daughter of some
new people in the valley. To do so, he needs 500 dollars, and racing Comet, with Madge up, looks
like the only way of doing it.

Helen Markley Miller (1909 - ?) was born and educated in Iowa, and taught English until her marriage. After her husband died, she started teaching again. She wrote several fictionalised biographies, and a ski-ing story inspired by her son, Andrew Markley Miller, an Olympic cross-country skier. Two of her books involve horses, Blades of Grass rather more so than The Lucky Laceys.

Finding the books: both books are easy to find, and not expensive.

Links and sources

Wikipedia on Helen Markley Miller

National Library of Congress

Thanks to Lisa Catz for the photographs and summaries

Bibliography - horse books only

The Lucky Laceys

Doubleday & Company Inc, New York, 1962, 183 pp, illus Robert Frankenberg

Lindy lives on a pig farm in Idaho in 1877, with her horse Magpie and her pet pig Illy. Times
are tough, and the whole family herd the pigs to a mining town to sell them. They have many
adventures on the way.