The son of a free black father and a slave mother (making him a slave as well), Gabriel loves to help his father, one of the best horse trainers in Kentucky, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Ma
The son of a free black father and a slave mother (making him a slave as well), Gabriel loves to help his father, one of the best horse trainers in Kentucky, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm. But the violence of war disrupts the familiar routine of daily life on the farm. When Gabriel's father enlists in a Colored Battalion to help the Union Army and earn enough money to purchase freedom for his wife and son, Gabriel is both proud and worried. But the absence of his father brings the arrival of Mr. Newcastle, a white horse trainer with harsh, cruel methods for handling horses...and people.
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"At the core of this stirring historical novel is the question of what freedom means...The boy's first-person, present-tense narrative brings close the thrilling horse racing- on the plantation, at the race course, and in the war- and the African American history in all it's complexity." --Booklist
"The author grounds this fast-paced tale in historical fact by providing a nonfiction epilogue. Readers will find this wonderful blend of history and horses appealing." --School Library Journal
Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including many popular mysteries, the RIDING ACADEMY series, and SHADOW HORSEé a 2000 Edgar nominee for best children's mystery. Hart teaches at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia. Visit her website at www.childrensbookguild.org/hart.html.
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