|Evans, 1959, illus Anne Gordon|
Guy is injured trying to get his horse out. The horse dies, as do several others (so if you don't like books where horses die, avoid this one). Bobby and Heath are left in charge of the stables. Things go from bad to worse. The latest insurance payment wasn't posted, and there is no chance of compensation from the owners of the plane, as they're about to go into liquidation. The yard is in a terrible state: half burned.
|Dragon, paperback, 1967|
|Dragon, paperback, 1978|
The Difficult Summer was first published by Evans in 1959, and was illustrated by Anne Gordon. It had two publications after that, both in paperback. Dragon published the first paperback edition in 1967, with a cover by Mary Gernat. They updated the cover in 1978, with another pictorial version. If anyone is able to shed any light on who the cover artist was I'd be very grateful.
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