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PW's starred review called this fictionalized biography of equestrian Charlotte "Charley" ParkhurstAwho lived her life disguised as a man and was the first woman voter in the U.S.Aan "ebullient and tautly structured novel that moves along at a gallop." Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Grade 4-6?This fictionalized biography of the first woman to vote in the state of California, and perhaps in the whole United States, is fascinating. Charlotte Parkhurst, known as Charley, spent most of her life masquerading as a man. Raised in an orphanage where she is the only girl, she is prevented from being adopted by the staff, who put her to work in the kitchen. Her own predilection is to be with the horses and the elderly man who cares for them. Vern's tales of escaping slavery are the seeds of Charlotte's own desperate bid for freedom after her only other friend is adopted. Her knack with horses soon enables the disguised Charley to pursue her dream of driving a stagecoach. She does it so well that she is admired and sought after, and is offered the opportunity to earn a livelihood in the California gold fields. Many trials arise, including the loss of sight in her left eye, but throughout, Charlotte remembers her friends, works hard and persistently, and fulfills her ambitions, culminating in her voting in a presidential election. The author provides a compact and exciting story about real people who exemplify traits that readers admire. A concluding note tells more about the historical facts surrounding Parkhurst's life, but kids will read it just for the adventure. The full-page, black-and-white pencil drawings are well rendered and enhance the straightforward text.?Carol A. Edwards, Minneapolis Public Library
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When I was in 4th grade I hade to write a book report on any book i wanted. I chose this book because the book cover really caught my attention. Read morePublished on May 24 2004 by Erica E.
ATTENTION ALL HORSE LOVERS!!!!!
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After my 9-year old checked this book out of her school library and finished it within one week because, in her words, "I couldn't put it down" and "It's the best book I've every... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
May 27 2003
In my opinion, and probably in the opinions of millions of others, it is astonishing how an author such as Pam Munoz Ryan can intertwine humor, love,... Read more
Pam Munoz Ryan has written over 25 books. She writes most of her books for young adults. The book Riding Freedom won the national willa Cather award. Read more
Riding freedom is the best book.I bet boys think this book is for girls,but I'm a boy and I loved this book. Read morePublished on May 7 2003
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