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Jean Bothwell

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

Good Reads on Jean Bothwell

Pooja Makhijani is researching the life of Jean Bothwell

Train crash

Many thanks to Lisa Catz for the photograph.


The Emerald Clue

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.