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From Publishers Weekly
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.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Comments: This is a fictionalized biography of the life of Charley Parkhurst , a renowned stagecoach driver who eventually settled in California to run a way station. Charley's greatest claim to fame however is that he is probably one of the first women to vote in the US and certainly, if not the first, then close to the first woman to vote in California in 1868 a full 52 years prior to any woman being allowed to vote in United States. If you haven't guessed already Charley was really Charlotte, a woman, this book tells her story and of how an orphaned infant became a respected man about town and stagecoach driver whose secret was never found out by the public until after death.
This was a joy to read. Not only was the subject matter utterly fascinating but the story is told in a well-written, exciting novel. Biographies aren't usually the place to find so much action, but Charley's story supplies a plot with plenty of it and she wasn't called "One-Eyed Charley" for nothing. She is a fully realized character that the reader cares for. Being a book for children, much time is spent on her childhood years in the orphanage and what drove her to do the things she later did in life. The dialogue is spot on with the ambiance of the setting and since I was reading aloud I couldn't help but speak the parts with a cowboy drawl.
The 9yo hung on to every word of this story. This book will appeal equally to boys and girls. Charlotte is no girly-girl and is tougher than nails. The 9yo was concerned for her future though as the book ends in the middle of her life and he hoped that she got to be a lady again some day.Read more ›
What happens to a girl do when she is living in a place where there are only boys? She gets teased.
"In the mid-eighteen hundreds, when the East was young and the West was yet to be settled, a baby was born, named Charlotte. When she was nothing more than a bundle, she surprised her parents and puzzled the doctor by surviving several fevers. Folks said that any other baby would have died, but Charlotte was already strong. She walked before most babies crawled. She talked before most babies babbled, and she never cried. Unless someone took something away from her."
Riding Freedom is a fictional biography about a girl, Charlotte Parkhurst, who was an orphan. She was taken to a boys orphanage because there were no girls orphanages back then. She had to do many chores because she was the only girl there, apart from the cook. She always got back at the boys for teasing her though because every Saturday there would be a horse race at the orphanage and no matter what, Charlotte won the race. Charlotte loved horses. Her favorite horse at the orphanage was called Freedom. Charlotte liked her life at the orphanage until something bad happened to Freedom. The story goes on to describe Charlotte's life at the orphanage and then as she grows up.
The book is full of exciting and unexpected events that keeps the reader wanting to keep on reading. You admire Charlotte for never giving up even when things get tough. Anyone who likes adventure stories and likes horses will enjoy reading this book.
In the book we learned that freedom is never too far to grasp for a moment. We know this because throughout the book she runs away. She ran away from an orphanage and met a man. She believed this is her ticket to freedom.
In the mid 1800's her ticket, a man named Ebeneezer gives her a chance to be free forever in Rhode Island. Then Mr. Millshark (the orphan owner) will never get her back. Throughout the book it shows male to female differences. Charlotte is a proud girl but is forced to disguise her self as a boy, to be able to work with her beloved horses.
Charlotte then gets a chance to go to Rhode Island. Will she go? I know the answer but you will have to read Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan to find out!
Know I would like to give some credit to the author Pam Munoz Ryan. She wrote when Mariana sings witch won the APA award. Pam currently lives in San Diego. Riding Freedom Witch won the National Willa Cather award. She has written 25 books, a great accomplishment!
Most recent customer reviews
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!!!!!
Riding Freedom is about a girl named Charlotte that is a orphan that is at a boy orphanage. Read more
i love this book you should to read it dont just look at the pictures i does not tell you anything just read you will see what fun it isPublished on Nov. 30 2003
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
This book is really good and if your intersted in the World Warll you'd probably really want to read it. Read morePublished on May 5 2003
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