“The Sand Pounder is one of those rare historical novels with a charm that appeals to both young and old readers.” Vincent Dublado for Readers’ Favorite
“M.J. Evans does an excellent job of winding the era's history and the lesser-known job of the Sand Pounders into a realistic story of a mature teen's determination to make a difference in her world.” Diane Donovan for Midwest Book Review:
“A gripping YA historical novel packed full of twists, turns and memorable characters. Highly recommended!” The Wishing Shelf Book Review(UK)
Fearing an invasion by German and Japanese forces during World War II, the U.S. Coast Guard enlisted horsemen to patrol the beaches along the east and west coasts. The unit was called "The Sand Pounders" and they rode their horses up and down the beaches from 1942 to 1944.
In Tillamook, Oregon, a young equestrian decided to join them. There was only one problem...they were only accepting men. That didn't slow her down.
"The Sand Pounder" is a Young Adult historical fiction set during World War II.
I am a wife, a mom and a grandmother. I am also a competitive equestrian and award-winning author. I especially love to write about horses, both real or fantasy. In 2016, I released, "In the Heart of a Mustang." This story is not a fantasy but it is all about horses. This coming of age young adult novel has won the 2016 Gold Medal from the Literary Classics Awards in Young Adult General Fiction and the Silver Medal in the Nautilus Awards as well as the Silver Medal from Readers Favorite Awards.
My current project is a four-part series titled “The Centaur Chronicles”. I am excited about this new middle-grade fantasy. The first book, “The Stone of Mercy,” was released on Oct. 1, 2016. It has already garnered several awards including the Gold Medal from the Feathered Quill awards. The second, “The Stone of Courage,” was released on April 15, 2017 and has won a Book Excellence Award.
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I grew up in Oregon and my father, who served briefly in WWII, often took us to Fort Stevens on the coast. That was the site that was shelled by the Japanese during the war. He told me about the war but he never mentioned the Sand Pounders. Perhaps if he had been a horseman, he would have. Not-so-fast-forward fifty years and I stumbled across them purely by accident when searching for unusual horse stories. I was fortunate to be able to acquire a recently declassified report that the Coast Guard had filed so many, many years before. I think you'll find the information in my historical fiction very interesting!
The Sand Pounder
ON PATROL From 1942 to 1944 during WWII, the United States Coast Guard Mounted Beach Patrol covered more than 3,700 miles of coastline on both coasts and employed about 24,000 men. Patrols on horseback worked in pairs, riding roughly a hundred feet apart, usually covering a two-mile stretch. They were called Sand Pounders and were able to cover difficult terrain quickly and efficiently. This book is dedicated to those men and their wonderful horses.