Bucking Horse Books Catalog

Bucking Horse Book titles can be ordered from Mountain Press or, in quantities of ten or more, directly from Bucking Horse Books. See Ordering Information.

Available Now from our distributor Mountain Press: Fire Birds


(A Junior Library Selection)

In Fire Birds – Valuing Natural Wildfires and Burned Forests, award-winning science author Sneed B. Collard III challenges society's negative views toward natural forest fires. By focusing on the research of biologist Richard Hutto, Collard reveals the complex relationships between fire and thriving plant and animal communities. The book especially focuses on the heavy use of burned forests by dozens of bird species – and debunks the idea that burned forests are worthless wastelands.

  • Eureka! Nonfiction Book Award from the California State Library Association
  • Green Prize for Sustainable Literature from the Santa Monica Public Library
  • Finalist for the High Plains Book Award
  • NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016

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Two summers after Mike and Kyle uncovered a pair of priceless $20 gold pieces in a Civil War fort in Alabama, Mike is astounded to find Kyle show up on his doorstep in a souped-up 1957 Bel Air. Mike hasn't heard from his friend in two years, but when Kyle invites him to ride up to Birmingham to see Kyle's sister Annie, Mike doesn't hesitate.

What Mike doesn't realize is that Kyle isn't going to see his sister. He is going to rescue her. For Kyle and Annie to escape somewhere safe, however, they're going to need cash and lots of it. When Mike mentions a mysterious silver dollar made in 1964, it launches the trio on a cross-country thrill ride and a new coin quest -- a quest that just could save Kyle's and Annie's lives.

"CARTWHEEL, award wining author, Sneed B Collard's YA novel is his latest book and sequel to DOUBLE EAGLE.  In typical Sneed fashion, this book sparkles in several areas.  The characters are not only likeable and believable, they are "spot on" developmentally and fit the time period that the book is set in, 1975. The adolescent struggle for independence from parents and risk taking while weighing values is fresh and fits well for the two male characters.  The plot moves quickly and keeps the reader guessing what is next.  Sneed's research and ability to blend history in his books while holding the readers interest from start to finish is a gift he carries over from his strength as a nonfiction writer.  Readers get the best of his fiction and nonfiction skills blended into a front seat ride in CARTWHEEL."

- Diane Kress Hower, Book Wisdom by Diane

"The author keeps the suspense level in high gear, entertaining readers while educating them about the Denver Mint and the short-lived existence of the 1964 Peace Dollar...Toss in some geography and a few wry observations about human nature and you have a wonderful story for young readers -- one that's fast-paced and fun for older readers as well."

- Judy Shafter, State of the Arts

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Hangman's Gold - Slate Stephens Mystery

In this second Slate Stephens mystery, twelve year-old sleuths Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney head to the infamous Montana ghost town of Bannack. While their geologist dads prospect for a large gold mining company, Slate and Daphne encounter a pair of perplexing puzzles. Under an old classroom desk in Montana's first schoolhouse, the young detectives discover clues pointing to missing gold treasure amassed by Montana's vigilantes 150 years earlier.

At the same time, a thief has absconded with two priceless Charles Russell paintings on loan to the university art museum in nearby Dillon. In this second Slate Stephens mystery, clues and curiosity lead our two heroes to begin solving both mysteries -- and dig up more dirt than they can handle.

"As in the previous title in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series, there is plenty of action to disguise the history lesson and propel the story around quieter moments -- such as will Slate ever work up the nerve to kiss Daphne? Slate and Daphne are adept at dispensing justice with their smart, methodical, and slightly cocky approach to detecting. Criminals -- you have been warned."

- Booklist, January 2012

"After recovering a missing pet in The Governor's Dog Is Missing (Bucking Horse Bks., 2011), Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney are back for another hair-raising adventure... Children who like adventure, mystery, or the Old West will enjoy this book."

- School Library Journal, January 2012

"An excellent read-aloud, it would also do well as a book club selection or exploratory text for a writing/reading circle... an engaging blend of mystery, romance, adventure, and history."

- Vicki Spandel, Six Trait Gurus

"An insightful and much recommended mystery for younger readers."

- Children's Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

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Dog 4491

Thanks to the combined forces of a comet and a lightning storm, a dog named Sophie travels in time from 1926 to the present, where she is taken home by Sam, an 11 year-old boy living in a run-down section of the city of Enterprise. Through a bit of sleuthing, Sam and his outspoken grandfather Horace discover the old neighborhood Sophie has apparently come from.

With Sophie's help, Sam travels back to 1926 to meet Sophie's owner, another 11 year-old named Rollie. The two boys discover they have a lot in common -- including the notorious Cheesebro gang which has terrorized Enterprise in both of their time periods!

Together, the new friends risk their lives to put a stop to the corruption, crime, and urban blight that has afflicted their city -- and pave the way for a brighter, revitalized future.

Fall, 2010 Release: The World Famous Miles City Bucking Horse Sale, ISBN: 978-0-9844460-0-1, Nonfiction, Hardcover, Grade 4 through Adult, 64 full-color pages with more than 60 photographs, List Price $18.00

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"Handsomely designed, with buff pages that resemble pieces of parchment and endpaper maps, this is a fascinating look at a fresh topic."

-Booklist, November 1st, 2010

"Fantastic action photographs accompany this delightful book about the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale held the third weekend in May in Montana. Carefully researched, Collard's book explains the history, development, and present day excitement surrounding this annual event."

-Children's Literature

Spring, 2011 Release: The Governor's Dog is Missing (Book 1 in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series), ISBN: 978-0-9844460-1-8, Fiction, Hardcover, Ages 7-13, 176 pages, List Price $16.00.

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When the governor of Montana's famous dog Cat goes missing, twelve-year-old sleuths Slate Stephens and Daphne McSweeney know they have to help find him.

Staking out the halls of the Capitol and racing through concert crowds at breakneck speeds, they assemble clues--and crash into dead ends.

Will they find Cat or end up in the Emergency Room?

Only Slate, Daphne, and readers will find out!

"With humor, mystery and pre-teen angst, The Governor's Dog will keep reader's attention from the first page to the last."

-Café of Dreams Book Reviews, February 2nd, 2011

"Unlike the majority of child prodigy sleuths, Slate and Daphne, while intelligent, are also typical kids. The plot moves quickly and readers hitch a ride on Slate's bike as he explores the city and develops his feeelings for Daphne. Collard neatly braids history, geology, and politics into the investigation, mixing interesting facts and crucial details into the mystery."

-School Library Journal, June 1st, 2011

"Veteran writer Collard incorporates Montana history and politics, geology, and natural science into this entertaining first installment in the Slate Stephens Mysteries series. Slate is a winning narrator; his wry take on paranormal chicklit is particularly funny and will touch a nerve with boy readers who might be wondering why all the sensible girls they know are so taken with vampires. Short chapters, a good blend of action and introspection, and a hint of romance make this strong mystery a solid choice for boys and girls alike."

-Booklist, May 1st, 2011