In the first book of this engrossing middle-grade trilogy set during the Civil War, a young Kentucky slave dares to pursue his dream of becoming a jockey.
The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel hopes to one day become a famous jockey. Although he is a the son of a free black father and a slave mother-making him a slave as well-he loves to help his father, one of the...more
Horses and horse racing are Gabriel's life. He is the son of a freedman and a slave woman, making him a slave. He enjoys jockeying for his master and learning about horses from his father. He is happy until war sends his world spinning. His father leaves and a new horse trainer with harsh training methods arrives. To top things off, Confederate soldiers begin stealing horses. Gabriel must...more
I liked the story a lot, but the characters and the plot felt a l...more
Author includes "The History Behind Gabriel's Horses" along with bibliographical notes.
"...soldiers gallop...pursuing the raiders....
The din recedes. I hear shouts from the woods. Then shots."
Set in the year 1864, Gabriel has to learn to overcome several obstacles. His father and mentor leaves the family to enlist in the Union army to earn money to buy his family's freedom. The horse trainer that takes his father's place has opposite views of training than his father. The new horse trainer, Mr. Newcastle, believes in whipping the horses into submission. Gabriel has to learn to stand up to Mr. Newcastle in order to save the horses he loves.
PS- Texas Bluebonnet nominee
A Virginia author of over twenty mysteries and historical fiction novels for children and teens, loves “writing books that keep young readers glued to the pages.” At the age of seven she wrote, illustrated and self-published The Wild Dog, a book which she shows to readers to make the point that it is never too early to be an author.