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Rodman Philbrick

The Fire Pony

Scholastic Inc, New York, 1996, 175 pp

Usborne, London, 2005, 181 pp, 2008


Joe Dilly and his younger brother Roy seem to be perpetually on the run from
something. They end up at the Bar None ranch, where Roy finds a wild pony he
can keep, if he can break it. His brother Joe has a way with horses (and also
with fire). As Roy gets closer to the pony, the past catches up with him and Joe.

Rodman Philbrick (1951 - ) was born in Boston. He has written since the age of sixteen, and has published books for both children and adults. His first children’s novel, Freak the Mighty (1993), was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has written one Young Adult horse novel, The Fire Pony, which is a gripping and dramatic read.


Finding the book: easy to find secondhand, and currently in print in both the USA and UK.


Links and sources

Wikipedia on Rodman Philbrick

Biographical information in the Scholastic imprint, 1996

Rodman Philbrick had his own website, but this is not currently accessible.

Bibliography - horse books only