Jean Bothwell was a Nebraskan. She was a Methodist missionary, based in India, about which she wrote many books, including the two horse stories below. In all, she wrote over 50 books. After her missionary service, she settled in New York City. The Thirteenth Stone won the 1946 New York Herald Tribune Spring Book Festival Award for the best children's book for 8 to 12 year olds.
Finding the books:both are easy to find in the USA. Neither had a UK printing.
Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Harcourt, Brace & World, New York, 1961, 191 pp, illus Artur F Marokvia
Tara’s favourite horse Raj-raj is stolen. Well brought up Indian girls should not go out and search for their missing horses, but Tara begs her father to allow her to go with him on the search.
Bibliography - horse books only
The Thirteenth Stone, a story of Rajputana
Harcourt, Brace & Company, New York, 1946, 225 pp, illus Margaret Ayer
E M Hale & Company, 1963
Ivan gets a job as a horse boy so he can feed himself and Babban. However, Babban and others are trying to return Jivan to his rightful place in Indian government, something that his trip with the black horse will help accomplish.