Philbrick, Rodman

About the author

Rodman Philbrick (b.1951) was born in Boston. He has written since the age of sixteen, and has published books for both children and adults. His first children’s novel, Freak the Mighty (1993), was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. He has written one Young Adult horse novel, The Fire Pony, which is a gripping and dramatic read.

Finding the book
Easy to find secondhand, and currently in print in both the USA and UK.

Links and sources
Wikipedia on Rodman Philbrick
Biographical information in the Scholastic imprint, 1996
Rodman Philbrick had his own website, but this is not currently accessible.

Bibliography (horse books only)

The Fire Pony

Scholastic Inc, New York, 1996, 175 pp
Usborne, London, 2005, 181 pp, 2008

Joe Dilly and his younger brother Roy seem to be perpetually on the run from something. They end up at the Bar None ranch, where Roy finds a wild pony he can keep, if he can break it. His brother Joe has a way with horses (and also with fire). As Roy gets closer to the pony, the past catches up with him and Joe.