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Black Gold

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A heroic, small-boned horse with a will to win is finally ridden to glory by his devoted jockey.
Paperback, 176 pages
Published January 1st 1990 by Checkerboard Press (first published 1957)
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Cheryl in CC NV
I read all of Henry's horse stories back then. Oddly enough, though, I'd never been within a hundred yards of a horse - I don't think I liked them for the usual reasons. Henry is a good writer for kids who like to actually learn stuff, like history and the purposes of the different breeds of horses. This one is one of my favorites. King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian remains the absolute best, though, in my opinion.
Corinne Evans
It was about a very fast horse named after oil. The Native Americans called oil black gold.
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Title: Black Gold

Author: Marguerite Henry

Genre: Fiction


As a big horse lover, there may be some bias in this review in favor of
the novel Black Gold, written by Marguerite Henry. But whether I like
horses or not, I think I would've thoroughly enjoyed this book either way. For readers that have read Henry's work before, it is quite hard to miss her writing style. Even though I normally prefer a crisp, fast paced writing piece, Henry's writing approach...more

Inspired by a true story, Marguerite Henry continues her literary tradition of showcasing a love of horse (and mule) flesh for young
adult readers. Unlike the homespun crises in MISTY OF CHINCOTEAGUE
this story takes readers into the harsh world of professional horse racing, with its stark risks and grim realities.

Set in Okalahoma, then in Kentucky in the 1920's this story relates the birth and racing career of a thoroughbred whose smaller stature caused him alm...more
This is a chapter book about a horse named Black Gold. The horse is seen by many as being too small to race. A young rider named Jaydee thinks the horse has what it takes to win horse races. The story ends with Black Gold breaking its leg during the final stretch of a race and has to be put to sleep. This book was written in 1957 for eight to twelve-year-old children. There are several small illustrations that appear to be done in pencil. I did not find the story very interesting. I think you wo...more
Kristen Smith
This story is the story of Seabiscuit and Ruffian. I think people like horse books so much because a horse symbolizes so many things from friendship to freedom. Those particular horses who can run so fast and jump so high on their own strength and without machine and who let us harness them teach us the power of synergy. Animals can teach us in a more direct and simpler way than just about anything else. Then we take those lessons and apply them to the most important relationships--those with ou...more
This book was good in the beginning. I loved her characterization of Black Gold's jockey, and it was good to have even a fictionalized version of an otherwise forgotten Derby winner. I liked U-see-it, Rosa, and the boy. The trainer, though...he was all right at first, but got progressively more frustrating.

Black Gold's ultimate fate was (view spoiler). Despite being something of a downer, however, it's still a good, moving story. I think it still has relevance today in t...more
It was really well written. I think the tragedy at the end of the book was well put into words so much so that it brought tears of sympathy to my eyes. I really did enjoy this book... and I would recommend this book to horse lovers and young Jockeys that want to go to the track and be able to walk around in the winners circle. I read this book because its main basic story goes along about an race horse that made many wins and brought hope to the less fortunate. Black Gold was beautifully set and...more
Anne Osterlund
Black Gold is the center of two dreams. The dream of Al Hoots, who risked much on a mare named U-see-it; then lost the chance to race her and set out to breed a Kentucky Derby champion. And the dream of Jaydee Mooney, a young boy destined to become a jockey and determined to ride one very special horse.

Black Gold is now one of my favorite Marguerite Henry books. The story seems more solidly based on fact than many of her other novels. And the horse is truly legendary.
All of Marguerite Henry's books are amazing, but this one has a special place in my heart. This is the first tragic animal tale I ever read. I cried for days. I couldn't believe the hero could have a unhappy ending. As an adolescent girl, it was delightful!!!
Based on a true story, this book follows a boy's dream of being the jockey to ride a small, overlooked horse that he knows to be a champion.

In general, Henry's books, which are typically horse-related, are great for early readers.
A good book about the true story of a horse no one thought could and a jockey with big dreams. I love the drawings in it -they're very cool! Of course my copy is an old harcover version which I love to collect old horse books.
Aug 02, 2008 Shaindel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children who love horses and true stories.
I was obsessed with horses when I was younger and read EVERYTHING by Marguerite Henry. This one is true--and heartbreaking.

In case you're wondering, I'm still obsessed with horses; I just don't have the time or money.
Anna Mcallister
Ha ha ha, I saw this book and had to add it to my books. I have very good memories of hiding in my closet reading this book when I was supposed to be doing my chores. I think I was 8. I probably read it 5 or so times.
This is probably my favorite of Marguerite Henry's books, partly because Black Gold was real, and at the time I read all her horse books, I was an elementary school girl who loved horses more than just about anything!
Kelli George
This is a book that needs to be expanded in the same way that Seabiscuit's story was. It is a true story of a horse owned by an Osage Indian woman from Oklahoma who won the Kentucky Derby in 1924.
Horse is born.
Horse races.
Horse dies.
The end.

I was mad after reading this book at eleven or twelve years old. See my review of San Domingo for my opinion of this author's books.
What I remember most about this book, is how after Black Gold died, there was a memorial set up for him at the race track, and I have always wanted to go there to see it, and maybe someday I will.
Ariel Jameson
Black gold was a fun easy read. A classic horse book any true horse fan in my opinion should read. I really enjoyed it. I am sure that I will someday share it with my kids.

this was really good I read it in 3 days, I loved how M Henry made 2 plotlines slide into one in the middle of the book, at the end it's really sad though
I remember the day (library day) when I found this book. I took it to a nearby table, opened it and started reading; I couldn't put it down. Wonderful book.
The first book to ever make me cry, this holds quite the place in my heart even if I have never worked up the courage to read the whole thing again.
As a kid in the 1960s I looked forward to getting new horse books by Maruerite Henry for birthday or other special occasions. I was a horse fanatic.
This is still one of my favorite horse stories. I read it many times when I was in sixth grade! My father gave this book to me.
April Brown
A story about trust, hope, following your dreams, and not knowing when to stop and listen to the yourself and the experts.
These marvelous books wouldnt be the same without the collaboration of the incomparable illustrations by Wesley Dennis.
This book evokes childhood memories! I still have the hardcover given to me 30+ years ago. It's a treasure to me.
Read as a kid in the 1970's at my school NRA elementary school.
Loved it my first favorite book
Great childhood classic, definitely one of the best horse books a child could read
I really loved this book and it just shows how close humans and animals can be.
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Marguerite Henry (April 13, 1902-November 26, 1997) was an American writer. The author of fifty-nine books based on true stories of horses and other animals, her work has captivated entire generations of children and young adults and won several Newbery Awards and Honors. Among the more famous of her works was Misty of Chincoteague, which was the basis for the 1961 movie Misty, and several sequel...more
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