Helen Oakley

American author of children's novels and a couple of non-fiction works, including biographies of the novelist and essayist Christopher Morley.  Some of her books are written under the name Helen McKelvey Oakley. Most of her children's books are horse-themed.

Horse & Pony Books:

THE HORSE ON THE HILL
(KNOPF [USA] 1957)
ILLUSTRATED BY URSULA KOERING
SUMMARY: Midge finds a beautiful horse which mysteriously appears in her grandparents' back pasture. How he got there remains a mystery for some time. Red Lightning, the horse, also helps Midge solve another mystery involving a little French girl.

THE RANCH BY THE SEA
(KNOPF [USA] 1959)
ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES GEER
SUMMARY: Problems arise when Mr. Crabbe leases his land on the beach to a family giving pony rides.

THE ENCHANTER'S WHEEL
(NORTON [USA] 1962)
ILLUSTRATED BY CHARLES GEER
Reprinted in paperback by Young Readers Press in 1966.
SUMMARY: Bess is spending the summer at her uncle's farm and falls in love with a horse there.

FREEDOM'S DAUGHTER
(NORTON [USA] 1968)
SUMMARY: Historical pony story set at the time of the Civil War when the state of West Virginia was formed, and focusing on the life of a horse-loving young girl living there.

Collector's Info:
Easy to find in the USA, a lot harder elsewhere.