Pit Pony

by Joyce Barkhouse

introduction by Zoe Lucas

An award-winning Maritime children's classic back in print, with a new introductory note by Sable Island researcher Zoe Lucas.

If Willie could have his dream, he would go to Sable Island and ride free over the sand dunes on the back of a wild horse. Instead, 11-year-old Willie must work in the coal mines of Cape Breton, hardly ever seeing the light of day. But with the help of Gem, the gentle pit pony, he discovers that things aren't always as bad as they seem. And a surprising event reveals that miracles can happen, even in a coal mine.

About the Authors

Joyce Barkhouse
Joyce Barkhouse
Although former teacher JOYCE BARKHOUSE has been writing stories for many years, she was 61 when her first book was published. Since then, she has won many awards for excellence in writing, including the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada for her contributions to children's literature. Well known for her historical fiction, she achieved her greatest success with Pit Pony.
ZOE LUCAS is one of the few permanent residents on Sable Island and is involved in research and environmental monitoring programs, including studying its wild horses and sea birds.


"...a vivid portrait of life in a Cape Breton company town at the turn of the century...This re-issue of a Canadian classic still has great appeal for the intended audience."
Moira Kirkpatrick, Resource Links


Finalist - Hackmatack Childrens Choice Book Award
One of the Year's Best for 2011 - Resource Links
Best Books for Kids & Teens -- Canadian Children's Book Centre

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