Ellis, Melvin Richard (Mel Ellis)

About the author

Mel Ellis (1912–84) also wrote under the name Melvin Richard Ellis, though the majority of his books were written as Mel Ellis. The Wild Horse Killers was filmed as Wild Horse Hank in 1979, starring a young Linda Blair (later to win fame as the heroine of The Exorcist). Mel Ellis wrote some episodes of Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color, as well as numerous children’s books.

Finding the book
Easy to find in the USA; not quite as easy to find in its British incarnation.

Links and sources
Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987
Wild Horse Hank on Wikipedia

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Wild Horse Killers

Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, 1976, 191 pp
Scholastic, pb, 1976
Star Books, London, 1980, 192 pp

Sandra is going to drive a band of wild horses to federal lands. Her own horse, Rimrock, is running with the horses too, but Sanda’s only care is that she protects all the horses from the wild horse killers.