C. P. Rosenthal

American author, also known as Chuck Rosenthal. Born in Pennsylvania in 1951 although currently lives in California. He has written several novels and a memoir, as well as short stories. Two of his books features horses, although they are not in any way traditional pony stories. The author writes about horses with the experience of a horseman. He only learned to ride at the tender age of 43! But since then has had two horses of his own and rides regularly. As well as writing  books he also teaches at Loyola Marymount University.

Chuck Rosenthal has his own website where you can find out more about him and his works (see link).


Horse and Pony Books:

ELENA OF THE STARS
(ST. MARTIN'S PRESS 1995)
Also published in Spanish and Italian editions.
EDITIONS PICTURED: 1st edition, paperback edition.
SUMMARY: Older children's/teen coming of age novel. City raised Elena goes to
visit her widowed grandfather who lives alone, except for his horses, in the wide
open spaces of Wyoming. A solitary man who has seemingly given up on life since wife died, he has not seen his grand-daughter in six years. However the pair soon develop a close bond, fuelled by Elena's similarity to and her interest in her dead grandmother. When Elena learns that her grandmother was a famous barrel racer, she wants to follow in her footsteps, learning to ride and then developing a close relationship with the horse whom her grandmother loved.
PONYMAD RATING: 3 HORSESHOES
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TEN THOUSAND HEAVENS
(ST. MARTIN'S PRESS 2013)
Paperback original.
EDITION PICTURED; 1st edition
SUMMARY: Adult/older teen read. With patience, persistence and love, a man called Bird befriends Annie, an abused and difficult mare. Eventually, Annie reciprocates Bird's affection, but their relationship is sorely tested when they are separated by a catastrophic wildfire.  In order to reunite, they must battle not only the forces of nature but the greed and cunning of unscrupulous men.

Collector's Info:
Easy to find in the UK. Ten Thousand Heavens is still in print at time of writing (2016) and is available in the UK as well as USA, also in e-book format. Elena of the Stars is a little harder to find in the UK. Editions also available in Spanish and Italian language in these respective countries.