In the second book in the Racing to Freedom trilogy, ex-slave Gabriel faces challenges and setbacks as he pursues his dream of becoming a famous jockey.The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel, a
In the second book in the Racing to Freedom trilogy, ex-slave Gabriel faces challenges and setbacks as he pursues his dream of becoming a famous jockey.
The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel, a recently freed slave, is making a name for himself throughout the state of Kentucky. With his competitive spirit and natural talent for racing horses, Gabriel is burning up the horse track-and stacking up wins for his former master, Mister Giles. When Mister Giles asks him to ride Aristo, a powerful but unpredictable horse, in the prestigious Saratoga Chase, Gabriel jumps at the chance to compete against some of the greatest jockeys in the business. But as soon as he begins the journey to Saratoga with Aristo by boxcar, he finds that high-stakes horse racing can be a nasty business. Gabriel also learns the difficult lesson that being freed is not the same as being free.
Now Gabriel has more on his mind than winning the race. He must keep Master Giles's horse safe and fend off trouble from horse poachers and jealous jockeys. More than ever, Gabriel misses his father, who is fighting with the Union Army. Who else can he trust?
In the second book of this highly-engrossing historical fiction trilogy set during the Civil War, author Alison Hart continues to explore the complex relationships between black and white, slave and master, and North and South. The result is a gripping story that vividly brings to life the danger and drama of a time when war and issues of race and freedom divided the country.
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"...there is enough excitement and suspense along the way to keep readers interested. The narrative is well written and the major characters have depth and realism...This follow up to Gabriel's Horses (Peachtree 2007) is part of a planned trilogy but stands on its own." --School Library Journal
"Thrilling horse racing once again frames a stirring Civil War story in the second title in the Racing to Freedom series..." --Booklist
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# Leveling Information
# Accelerated Reader
# AR Quiz#: 116714
# AR Reading Level: 4.6
# AR Points: 6
# F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
# F&P Level: X
# F&P Grade: 6th & up
# Reading Counts
# Reading Counts Level: 4
# Reading Counts Points: 11
# Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8
# Additional Info
# Color Info: black & white photographs
# Middle Reader
Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including Emma's River, Anna's Blizzard, and the Racing to Freedom trilogy. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.
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