Eleanor Clymer (1906-2001)

American author of children's novels. Born in 1906. She studied English at degree level. She was a fairly prolific author who published around 60 novels in a wide range of genres, including animal stories, younger reader's books and non-fiction. Probably her best known work is The Trolley Car Family.

Two of her books featured horses, a quirky younger reader's tale and a mystery story.

Horse & Pony Books:

HARRY THE WILD WEST HORSE
(ATHENEUM [USA] 1963)
(1st UK edition HAMISH HAMILTON 1965?)
ILLUSTRATED BY LEONARD SHORTALL
Also a  Book Club edition.
Published in the UK by Hamish Hamilton as part of the Antelope Books imprint in 1965.
SUMMARY: Younger reader's pony story. When a tractor replaces the old farm horse Harry and his father decides to sell him, young Thomas hopes to find a job for Harry and himself in a Wild West show!

THE HORSE IN THE ATTIC
BRADBURY [USA] 1983)
ILLUSTRATED BY TED LEWIN
Reprinted in paperback by Corgi (Yearling Books).
SUMMARY: Horse-themed mystery. Caroline and her family move to a dilapidated old house in the country. Despite having stables, the family can't yet afford a horse or riding lessons for the pony mad Caroline. But when exploring an attic above the stables, Caroline finds a fascinating old picture of a famous racehorse which leads to discoveries about past owners of their house.

Collector's Info:
Both books are easy to find in the USA. The British edition of Harry is however very rare and both books are hard to find in the UK and elsewhere other than America.