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Gabriel's Horses
     

Gabriel's Horses

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by Alison Hart
 

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The year is 1864, and twelve-year-old Gabriel hopes to become a famous jockey one day. Although he is 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 best horse trainers in Kentucky, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm. But the violence of war disrupts the familiar

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The year is 1864, and twelve-year-old Gabriel hopes to become a famous jockey one day. Although he is 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 best horse trainers in Kentucky, care for the thoroughbred racehorses on Master Giles's farm. But the violence of war disrupts the familiar routine of daily life on the farm. One-Arm Dan Parmer and his band of Confederate raiders are threatening area farms and stealing horses. When Gabriel's father enlists in a Colored Battalion to help the Union Army and earn enough money to purchase freedom for his wife and son, Gabriel is both proud and worried. But the absence of his father brings the arrival of Mr. Newcastle, a white horse trainer with harsh, cruel methods for handling horses...and people. Now it is up to Gabriel to protect the horses he loves from Mr. Newcastle and keep them safely out of the clutches of One-Arm Dan and his men.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561457526
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
04/05/2016
Series:
Racing to Freedom trilogy , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
584,013
File size:
888 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including Emma's River, Anna's Blizzard, and the Racing to Freedom trilogy. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.

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Gabriel's Horses 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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DreamofGina More than 1 year ago
This book was on a Summer Reading list for my 6th grade son. Originally apprehensive about yet another slave book written by a non-Black, I was thoroughly surprised by the author's ability to connect. Written for a younger audience, I enjoyed how she conveyed the hardships of slavery without the graphic content not fit for this age group. The story itself was engaging; I most certainly would like to read the rest of the trilogy!
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Amy95 More than 1 year ago
Gabriel's Horses is a very good book. It's exciting at some parts and the other parts are enticing. I think it has a very intersting story that makes your heart race. You have to keep reading to see what decisions the characters are going to make. I would recommend this book to ages 9 and up. Even adults would find this book exciting.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first chapter, this was a greate book! All horse lovers should read it.