Ponies, ponies, ponies
Robert Newton Peck was born in 1928. He’s something of a man of mystery -
Finding the books: Horse Thief is in print; the other titles are all reasonably easy to find.
Links and sources
Robert Newton Peck on Wikipedia
Robert Peck on the Children’s Literature Network
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibilography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Robert Newton Peck
The Horse Hunters
Random House, New York, 1988, 215 pp.
Set in 1930s Florida, this story sees Ladd, 15, travelling alone to bring wild horses back to
use for the rodeo, and for breeding.
Knopf, New York, 1985, 181 pp.
Harriet’s delighted when her birthday present is a spotted pony. However, her mother’s ranch
hits severe difficulties, and black leg strikes down the new calves. Everyone has to make
Soup in the Saddle
Knopf, New York, 1983, 110 pp, illus Charles Robinson
Dell, Yearling, 1987, pb
Part of the Soup series. Soup and his friend Rob go to a one room school in Vermont. One day
they find a western saddle in a barn, and decide that if they’re going to be real cowboys, they need
to find a horse. They do, only to find “Gentle George” isn’t as quiet as they hope -
As his real name is Thunderbolt, that’s probably why. Once over that adventure, they have to
confound someone who wants to tear down their school and sack their teacher.
HarperCollins, New York, 2007, 277 pp.
Another story set in 1930s Florida, the hero of this one is Tullis Yoder. He loves horses, and is a
member of the Big Bubb Stampede, a ragged horse show. When the biggest (literally) cowboy
in the show breaks his neck, the Stampede is set to be dissolved, and the horses sold, mostly
for pet food. Tullis is determined to save them.
HarperCollins, New York, 1999, 200 pp.
Set in Florida during the 1920s, 16 year old Timothy (Tee) can ride the most difficult horses,
and round up cattle, but can he make it on a gruelling cattle drive through Florida? It’s anything
but easy, but he hangs on, until fate deals him one last blow.