Justin F. Denzel (1917-1999)

American author of children's books. Born in Clifton, New Jersey in 1917. As a child he showed an early interest in nature that was to reappear later in his books. He worked for some years in Alaska, where he wrote for an Alaskan newspaper. He gave up writing after an unsuccessful attempt to write an adult novel, however when he returned to it he found his niche as a writer of short stories and children's novels. Many of his books featured nature and animals and tend to have a historical setting. Amongst these animal stories were three were about horses.

Horse & Pony Books:

BLACK KETTLE: KING OF THE WILD HORSES
aka KING OF THE WILD HORSES (Paperback edition)
(GARRARD [USA] 1974)
ILLUSTRATED BY RICHARD AMUNDSEN
Reprinted in paperback under different title.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition.
SUMMARY: The story of a young Indian boy and his bond with a wild horse. When a black colt is taken in a raid on the settlers, Indian lad Little Bear sets him free. The horse then becomes the leader of a wild herd.

HIBOY: YOUNG DEVIL HORSE
(GARRARD [USA] 1980)
ILLUSTRATED BY SAM SAVITT
SUMMARY: Set on a Kentucky horse farm. Young groom Amy tries to tame the colt Hiboy who seems to be taking after his fractious racehorse sire.

SAMPSON: YANKEE STALLION
(GARRARD [USA] 1980)
ILLUSTRATED BY WILLIAM HUTCHINSON
Possibly reprinted in hardback.
SUMMARY: Historical horse story set in the American Civil War. When Axel's father goes off to war, he tells Axel not to let their old work horse Sampson fall into enemy hands.

Collector's Info:
All three books were originally published as part of the Famous animals Series. Black Kettle was published under two slightly different names. In their native USA, all the books are fairly easy to find and usually quite low cost. Black Kettle is probably the easiest to find. Elsewhere, all three are hard to track down.