Deborah Kent

American author. Ms. Kent worked as a social worker for many years. Then her life changed drastically when she moved to Mexico and became a writer. She wrote her first book in 1978 and since then has written over 60 titles including both fiction and non-fiction. She is particularly interested in writing about American history and amongst her many historical stories are a series of horse-themed books set at different periods throughout US history.

She now lives in Chicago and is married to fellow children's author R. Conrad Stein.

Saddles, Stars and Stripes Series
aka Saddle the Wind Series (UK)
A series of historical novels looking at different periods of American history through the eyes of a number of horse-loving heroines. Aimed at the young adult market. The books do not need to be read in any particular order as they all have different characters, but I have arranged them in historical order for people who would like to read them chronologically. The series was originally published in the USA and reprinted in the UK with a different series title, Saddle the Wind.

CHRONOLOGICAL (IN TERMS OF HISTORICAL PERIOD) READING ORDER:

ON THE EDGE OF REVOLUTION
(KINGFISHER [USA] 2006)
Also published in the UK in paperback by Kingfisher.
SUMMARY: Set in 18th century Pennsylvania when America was still ruled by the British. Eliza's happy life working for her father's grain company, driving her own team of horses led by her beloved Conestoga horse Cliipper, is shattered when her brother joins the rebels who are resisting British rule. When Clipper is put in danger she finds her loyalties divided.

BLACKWATER CREEK
(KINGFISHER [USA] 2005)
Also published in the UK in paperback by Kingfisher.
SUMMARY: Set in California at the time of the Gold Rushes. Young Erika and her family arrive from Hungary hoping to find gold, but to no avail. Erika then gets a job on a ranch where she rescues and nurses an injured filly. But when the filly escapes and Erika sets out to look for her it leads to an exciting discovery...

RIDING THE PONY EXPRESS
(KINGFISHER [USA] 2006)
Also published in the UK in paperback by Kingfisher.
Also a French edition.
SUMMARY: Set in 19th century America. 15 year old Lexie disguises herself as a boy and sets out with her horse Cougar to ride the dangerous Pony Express trail and try and find her missing brother.

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME
(KINGFISHER [USA] 2005)
Also published in the UK in paperback by Kingfisher.
SUMMARY: Set in Mississippi at the time of the Civil War. 14 year old Jacqueta returns home from visiting relatives to find her family plantation commandeered by the Union soldiers and their Morgan horses captured. Together with her beloved horse Chance and a slave girl called Peace, she devises a plan to rescue the Morgans.

Collector's Info:
All in print in the UK and USA and easy to find both new or second-hand. Harder to find in Australia, although not impossible; may be expensive there. There was a French edition of Riding the Pony Express, but cannot find any trace of French editions of the others.