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RAJA, Story of a Racehorse

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Mom's Choice Gold Medal

IPPY Award Bronze Medalist for Juvenile Fiction

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Young Readers Fiction (8-12)

Starred Kirkus Review

Written from the horse’s point of view and filled with authentic details, this young adult novel chronicles the life of a well-bred Thoroughbred racehorse destined for greatness. After a promising—and winning—start on t
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Old Bow Publishing
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Jan 18, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
This is Anne Hambleton's debut novel. She is a retired, amateur steeplechase jockey so she knows a lot about the world of horses. Raja is a stunning colt who has everything going for him: good looks, extraordinary speed, stellar characteristics, a Thoroughbred of noble lines, and people around who respect and love him. Yes, the world seems to be a very happy place to be, until one day a terrible thunderstorm blows across the pasture of the farm and a bolt of lightning kills his mother right in ...more
Jul 08, 2012 Mirrani rated it really liked it
The story of Raja is the story of many thoroughbreds: hard work, the joy of the run, and a tragic end to the only life that the animal, owners, and trainers know. It's a good book for racing fans, but also, because of the transitions that Raja goes through, is good for lovers of just about /any/ equestrian sport. Young readers will be easily able to feel the emotion and joy of the horse and the struggles within his life.

Some things that I found somewhat off putting were the differences between t
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Jun 11, 2012 Valerie Ormond rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horses, young-adult
Raja, Story of a Racehorse, tells the story of a Thoroughbred destined for greatness challenged by fate in the whirlwind adventure that his life becomes. To those not familiar with horses, the series of events may seem improbable, but for those who have seen horses change hands and careers often, the story is completely believable. Although at times the reader is left feeling Raja's pain, that discomfort is important for readers to understand the reality of people and horses and how sometimes ...more
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Apr 18, 2013 Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it
Author Anne Hambleton has given us a glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred through the horse’s point of view in her novel, Raja: Story of a Racehorse. When Raja is born his owner, a sheikh from the Middle East, has high hopes for racing him. At first it seems that Raja will fulfill those hopes, but his fear of lightning leads to an accident that ends his career before it’s even begun.

This sets off a chain of events that sees Raja end up with a variety of owners, some good, some bad, and move f
Feb 19, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing
From my full review at Retired Racehorse:

Told in a charming first-person voice, with all the chatty horses Raja encounters on his travels weighing in on everything from fox-hunting to race records, Raja: Story of a Racehorse should be required reading for horse-obsessed kids, and will absolutely please their adult counterparts.

It's a dizzying account of just how quickly a horse can be cycled through homes and careers. Raja, a top-tier Thoroughbred, starts
Oct 24, 2013 Rochelle rated it really liked it
Although this book is intended for the 11+ YA market it could easily be enjoyed by younger and older (much older) readers. Hambleton has included so many small details from the horse world that while reading it I wished it was available when I was in middle school. I'm not going to lie, I got a little weepy a few times. And, while Raja seems to have a fantastical amount of experiences, those of us who know a little bit about retired racehorses know that their stories are rich, varied and ...more
Anne Hambleton
Dec 26, 2011 Anne Hambleton added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: horse-books
So.. I am the author and of course I love it. This is a good read for junior horse lovers (10-12). I am a lifelong horse person and former jockey and I have a lot of young people in my orbit. And I read every horse book possible while growing up. In horse book terms, I would say RAJA is...Black Beauty meets Black Stallion meets National Velevet meets Seabiscuit meets War Horse.

A fun, topical and authentic story with lots of action!

And BOYS like it too!!
Mar 28, 2013 Tara rated it really liked it
Flew through it, very much written like a modern day Black Beauty. Good, and sad, but without the Marley and Me ending. Frankly I was only disappointed because it was not about an actual horse but rather just a theoretical one, despite the fact that it feels like non-fiction.
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