Horse & Pony Books:
(GAGE PB [CANADA] 1990)
Reprinted in paperback by Formac in 2010.
Published in the USA by Formac in 2011.
The book won the Ann Connor Brimer Award in 1991.
It was made into both a film and TV series.
SUMMARY: Historical pony story. Set in Nova Scotia, Canada, at the turn of the century. 11 year old Willie loves the Sable Island ponies and longs to be as free as them, but he must go and work in the coal mines. There, however, he finds a friend in Gem the pit pony who helps him endure his time in the mines. But his love for Gem means that Willie must one day make a terrible decisionů.
The book is still in print and can be bought new. It is also fairly easy to find second-hand in the UK, USA and Canada.