Riding Freedom

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Scholastic Inc., 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 138 pages
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Starred Review. Grade 4?6?Equestrian Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst had the will to overcome challenges and the courage to follow her dreams. In Pam Muņoz Ryan's fictionalized biography (Scholastic, 1998) set in the mid 1800s, Charlotte was raised in an orphanage, loved tending and riding the horses, and yearned for a ranch of her own one day. Banned from the stables, the 12-year-old ran away from the orphanage, disguised herself as a man, became a skilled stagecoach driver, and eventually was the first woman to cast a vote in the California presidential election. Listeners will admire Charley's grit and determination, refusing to give up her dream, even when she was seriously injured and blinded in one eye. Melissa Hughes's narration is superb. She uses her mellifluous voice well, switching easily from raspy Charley to several other male and female characters and employing different regional accents. After the story, Ryan provides additional historical information about Parkhurst's interesting life. Horse aficionados will appreciate the author's attention to detail in recreating the bustling activity of stable and ranch life, while others will enjoy the well-paced adventure and respect Charlotte's determination to meet life head on. A gem.
 

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User Review  - SamanthaMulkey - LibraryThing

I listened to the audio version of this book. It is a really great story about a little girls hardships she overcomes. It is very exciting, and written very well. It ends abruptly and makes you wonder what happens next. I would share this book with 5th graders and up. Read full review

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User Review  - Jellyn - LibraryThing

(Highly) fictional account of Charlotte/Charley Parkhurst. The story starts near where I'm living now, so that was pretty cool. It's a girl/woman who lives as a boy/man, so that's cool. It covers a ... Read full review

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Born and raised in California's San Joaquin Valley, Pam Mu oz Ryan comes from a background that is an ethnic mix of Spanish, Mexican, Basque, Italian, and Oklahoman. She has written books about Mexican migrant workers, the American Wild West, daring women, historic concerts, and mice and beans. "That's part of the enchantment of writing and creating characters - the variety," Ryan says. "I enjoy that there are many diverse parts to my job." Ryan is the author of more than 25 books for young readers, including the multi-award-winning Esperanza Rising, which has sold more than two million copies. When she's not traveling in the U.S. and abroad to promote her work, Ryan lives in north San Diego County near the Pacific Ocean with her husband. Her four grown children frequently come and go, and her two dogs, Buddy and Sammie, keep her company while she works. For more information about Pam Mu oz Ryan, visit: pammunozryan.com and scholastic.com/tradebooks