Greene, Constance

About the author

Constance Greene (1924–2021) was born in New York City and was educated at Skidmore College in the 1940s. She worked as a journalist, and started writing children’s books in the late 1960s. Al, the spiky heroine of her first book, A Girl Called Al, went on to feature in several more of her books. Her Beat the Turtle Drum was based on the author’s older sister, who died when she was just thirteen. Constance Greene’s daughter, Stephanie Greene, is also an author.

Finding the book
Easy to find in all its incarnations.

Links and sources
Constance Greene’s papers are at the University of Minnesota
Terri Wear: Horse Stories – An Annotated Bibliography

Bibliography (horse books only)

Beat the Turtle Drum

Viking Press, New York, 1976, 199 pp, illus Donna Diamond
Dell, 1979, illus Donna Diamond
Puffin, 1974, pb

Kate’s younger sister Joss has planned the holidays for months. Once she gets her birthday money, she plans to rent a horse for a week. Prince duly arrives, but the week he’s there ends in tragedy.