Griselda Gifford

British author. Has written quite a few children's novels including a short pony series. Many of the other stories are also animal-related. Ms. Gifford has also written short stories, an adult novel, and for the BBC. She teaches creative writing to adults and gives talks/runs writing workshops in schools. As well as writing, she is also very interested in painting.

She now lives in Leighton Buzzard with her husband and dog.

More information can be found about the author and her books on her website, from which the info on this page is sourced.

Cass Series:
Short series for younger readers.

1) CASS THE BRAVE
(VICTOR GOLLANZ 1978)
ILLUSTRATED BY MARY RAYNER
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin
SUMMARY: Cass and her more sensible twin sister Cassie move from London to the country where their father has become Vicar of an old church. She makes friends with a boy called Matt who has an old white horse. But her life is shadowed by the worry that she may have set off an ancient curse by picking the leaf from a special fig tree...

2) SILVER'S DAY
(VICTOR GOLLANZ 1980)
ILLUSTRATED BY MARY RAYNER
Reprinted in paperback by Puffin
SUMMARY: At school, Cass befriends a lonely new girl called Flora. She soon finds out that Flora is a natural with horses and the two girls begin to train the old horse Silver for the upcoming gymkhana. But what are the secrets that Flora seems to hide…?

Collector's info:
Cass the Brave is easy to find in the UK and the paperback edition is usually pretty cheap. The sequel is a little harder to find, perhaps as it was not reprinted in paperback. The books do seem a lot harder to come by outside the UK.