Michael Joseph Ltd, London, 1961, 173 pp.
Random House, New York, 1962
Penguin Books, 1964, cover by Richard Kennedy
Joanne Mitchell is 12. She’s been passed about from relation to relation, and the book opens as she’s on her way to yet another aunt and uncle, to scrub and polish their farmhouse. When the time comes for Joanne to be passed on to another member of the family, she sets off with the sulky, pulled by her best friend, Darkie the horse, but the new aunt and uncle are nowhere to be found. Joanne cuts her hair, changes her name to Joe Casey, and sets off with her horse and her puppy.