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Gabriel's Horses

Alison Hart

In 1864 Kentucky, an enslaved boy dares to pursue his dream of becoming a jockey.

Twelve-year-old Gabriel loves to help his father--one of the best horse trainers in Kentucky--care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm until the violence of war disrupts their familiar daily routine. When Gabriel's father enlists in a Colored Battalion, Gabriel is both proud and worried.

But his father's departure brings the arrival of Mr. Newcastle, a white horse trainer with harsh, cruel methods for handling both horses and people. Now it is up to Gabriel to protect the horses he loves from Mr. Newcastle and keep them safely out of the clutches of Confederate raiders.

In this first book in the Racing to Freedom trilogy, Alison Hart explores the complex relationships of the Civil War in a gripping work of historical fiction. 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. Background historical material and photos are included.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers
  • Publish Date: Feb 2nd, 2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 8.30in - 5.60in - 0.40in - 0.39lb
  • EAN: 9781561455287
  • Recommended age: 08-12
  • Categories: Historical - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)People & Places - United States - African American & BlackAnimals - Horses

About the Author

Hart, Alison: - Alison Hart is the author of more than sixty books for young readers. Hart was a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.

Praise for this book

"[A] fast-paced tale. . . . Readers will find this wonderful blend of history and horses appealing."--School Library Journal

"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