Lynn Hall

Born in 1937, Lynn Hall grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and Des Moines and spent her childhood escaping into the horse and dog books from her local library. After having a variety of jobs such as dog trainer, secretary and ad agency writer, she found herself writing the same sort of horse and dog stories she had loved as a child.

She has become a highly prolific and award winning author. Many of her stories are unusual, some with a supernatural element, others exploring complex and weighty issues not normally tackled in the sphere of the pony book. Many of her pony stories are also aimed at older teenagers, making them ideal reads for the adult pony book reader. As such, romance and adult issues are often part of her stories.

Dragon series:
Series about an appaloosa spotted mustang  pony who begins life in the wild in Mexico, but is then captured and brought to the USA where he becomes a foundation sire of the Pony of the Americas breed.

1) A HORSE CALLED DRAGON
aka WILD MUSTANG
(FOLLETT 1971)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
Republished under the title WILD MUSTANG by Scholastic paperbacks.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, Scholastic paperback.
SUMMARY: Pony point of view story in which Dragon, a wild mustang, is captured from his home and Mexico and taken to Iowa in the USA.

2) NEW DAY FOR DRAGON
(FOLLETT 1975)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
Reprinted in paperback.
SUMMARY: Dragon's unhappiness in his life of captivity is alleviated when he is befriended by the young boy Lyle.

3) DRAGON DEFIANT
(FOLLETT 1977)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
Reprinted in paperback.
SUMMARY: Dragon is sold as a stud to a small breeding farm.

4) DRAGON'S DELIGHT
(FOLLETT 1981)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOE VAN SEVEREN
SUMMARY: Dragon is gone but his legacy may live onů

Collectors info:
Rarely seen outside the USA, but there the books are reasonably easy to find and usually reasonably priced. The last one is slightly rarer than the others.

Pony Hollow Series:

1) THE MYSTERY OF PONY HOLLOW
aka THE GHOST PONY (Weekly Reader edition)
(GARRARD 1978)
ILLUSTRATED BY RUTH SANDERSON
Reprinted by Weekly Reader under the name THE GHOST PONY
Reprinted in paperback by Random House under original title.
EDITIONS PICTURED: Random House paperback. Weekly Reader edition.
SUMMARY: When exploring the family's new farm, Sarah hears a whinnying coming from an old barn. But when she rushes to rescue the horse she thinks is trapped inside, all she finds is an old pony skeleton. She has never believed in ghosts before...but she may soon find herself changing her mind!

2) THE MYSTERY OF PONY HOLLOW PANDA
(GARRARD 1983)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM HUTCHINSON
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition
SUMMARY: When Sarah's pony Panda goes missing from a pet parade she must unravel the clues to find her missing mount.

Collectors info:
Rarely seen outside the USA, but there the books are reasonably easy to find and usually reasonably priced.

Other Horse & Pony Books:

THE SECRET OF STONEHOUSE
(FOLLETT 1968)
Reprinted in paperback
Hard to find
SUMMARY: Heather is drawn to find out the secret of the deserted Stonehouse

RIDE A WILD DREAM
(FOLLETT 1969)
ILLUSTRATED BY GEORGE ROTH
Reprinted in paperback
SUMMARY: Jon is overjoyed when at last he becomes the proud owner of beautiful palomino Sun God. But the reality is nothing like the dream, as the horse is not the docile friendly creature Jon had dreamed of...

FLOWERS OF ANGER
(FOLLETT 1976)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
Reprinted in paperback
SUMMARY: When her beloved pony is shot and killed after ruining a neighbour's garden, Ann is overcome by a desire for revenge...

CAPTAIN: CANADA'S FLYING PONY
(GARRARD 1975)
ILLUSTRATED BY TRAN MAWICKE
SUMMARY: Fictionalised account of the true story of a pony which became a famous jumper through the help of a young girl.

THE WHISPERED HORSE
(FOLLETT 1979)
ILLUSTRATED BY JOSEPH CELLINI
Fairly rare.
SUMMARY: Set in Scotland. A young girl thinks that her father may have strange horse-whispering powers and is frightened that he is going to use them on her pony in order to avenge his wife's death.

THE MYSTERY OF PLUM PARK PONY
aka THE MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM PONY
(GARRARD 1980)
ILLUSTRATED BY ALAN DANIEL
Republished as MYSTERY OF THE PHANTOM PONY by Random House in paperback with new illustrations by Marie DeJohn
SUMMARY: Two children search for a mystery pony lost in an amusement park.

THE MYSTERIOUS MOORTOWN BRIDGE
(FOLLETT 1981)
ILLUSTRATED BY RUTH SANDERSON
SUMMARY: Whilst out trail riding on a camping holiday, Pat and Curtis think they have discovered a haunted bridge.

THE HORSE TRADER
(SCRIBNER 1981)
Reprinted in paperback edition also.
SUMMARY: Teenage Karen has a crush on the horse-trader Harley, who befriended her years before. She is excited when he promises to find her a horse of her own. But then her world is turned upside down when she learns the truth: that the man she had worshipped for so long has conned her!

DANZA
(SCRIBNER 1981)
Reprinted in paperback edition.
There was also a German edition published.
SUMMARY: Whilst in the USA with his grandfather's Paso Fino stallion, a Puerto Rican boy discovers his interest in horses.

HALF THE BATTLE
(SCRIBNER 1982)
Reprinted in paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Jealous of the attention given to his blind brother, Loren tries to focus it on himself when he takes part in an endurance ride.

TIN CAN TUCKER
(SCRIBNER 1982)
Reprinted in paperback edition.
SUMMARY: A teenage girl runs off to become a barrel racer and search for her birth family.

MEGAN'S MARE
aka THE PROBLEM PONY (Weekly Reader edition)
(SCRIBNER 1983)
Reprinted as THE PROBLEM PONY by Weekly Reader.
SUMMARY: Set in the UK in Yorkshire. A trainer's daughter finds that she has an affinity with a problem mare and sets out to try and cure the horse's fears.

THE BOY IN THE OFF-WHITE HAT
(SCRIBNER 1984)
SUMMARY: Thirteen year old Skeeter is happy with her summer job as mother's helper at a horse ranch until the arrival of the overly friendly businessman, Burge Franklin, precipitates a crisis that Skeeter is not sure she can handle alone.

UPHILL ALL THE WAY
(SCRIBNER 1984)
SUMMARY: Slight horse content. Callie is a vet's assistant and is planning to start her own farrier business in the future. Then she meets a troubled boy whom she longs to help. But can people really be changed?

THE SOMETHING SPECIAL HORSE
(SCRIBNER 1985)
ILLUSTRATED BY SANDY RABINOWITZ
Reprinted by Weekly Reader.
SUMMARY: Charles hates it that his father buys horses to sell for meat, but when he buys a very special mare Charles is determined to save her.

MRS PORTREE'S PONY
(SCRIBNER 1986)
SUMMARY: An unhappy foster child and a lonely woman are brought together by the woman's pony.

RIDE A DARK HORSE
(MORROW 1987)
Reprinted in paperback.
SUMMARY: !7 year old Gusty and her father live and work on a busy horse farm. When her father is found dead, she thinks it is an accident but she soon begins to discover underhand goings-on at the stables and suspects that his death may have had a more sinister explanation.

FLYING CHANGES
(HARCOURT BRACE JOVANOVICH 1991)
Reprinted in paperback.
SUMMARY: After her horse trainer father has an accident, young Denny must try and train a star roping horse for a wealthy buyer. She is also struggling with her feelings for her father's new young roping partner.

RODEO WIFE
(TOUCHWOOD PRESS?)
This seems to be a bit of a mystery book. I have seen it referred to a couple of times, but cannot find any more details, other than it is probably an adult book, possibly horse-orientated. More info when I find out more - or if you know anything/have read it please drop me a line!

Collectors info:
As with the other books, most are not often seen outside of the USA, although now a few are being listed on Amazon in UK. Most of them are fairly easy to get hold of within America, although one or two titles are rarer. The rarer ones include The Secret of Stonehouse, The Whispered Horse and Rodeo Wife.

Books About The Author:

PRESENTING LYNN HALL by Susan Stan
(TWAYNE 1996)
SUMMARY: Aimed at children/young adults. One volume in a series about different authors of young adult books. According to the series info, all the books give both biographical information and analysis of the author's work.

Collectors info:
Easy to find in the USA. Harder elsewhere but can be found on Amazon in UK.