Hamilton, London, 1987, illus Valerie Littlewood, 88 pp.
Puffin Books, 1989, pb.
Set in the 1920s, this is the story of a boy and a pit pony who loved strawberry jam sandwiches.Tommy can’t wait until he is able to join his brother working in the coal mines (he has another five years to go: you couldn’t at that point work in the mine until you were 14). He wants to drive the pit ponies, his favourite of which is Gleam. The ponies are then stolen, and Tommy tries to rescue them.