Included on a list of 100 favourite books, as voted for by children, and published by the National Education Association (USA).
John Reynolds Gardiner (1944-2006), who described himself as an "author, engineer, inventor, rock-and-roll singer, door-to-door salesman, songwriter, and Santa Claus," traveled widely throughout his life. Born in California, he lived in Ireland, Germany, Italy, El Salvador, England, and Mexico. He heard the legend that inspired Stone Fox while in Idaho and it became his first published work. His other works include How to Live a Life That's Not Boring.
"A superb piece of storytelling--without doubt the most exciting
and moving book this season."--The New Yorker
"Gardiner's description of the race and sudden climax (based on legend) is fast-paced and enveloping."--School Library Journal