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Riding Freedom [NOOK Book]

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A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ...
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Riding Freedom

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Overview

A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she'd dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn't until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.

Riding Freedom is the recipient of Parenting Magazine's Reading Magic Award for 1998's Most Outstanding Children's Books and the San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 1998. It has been nominated for the 1999-2000 California Young Reader Medal and the 1999-2000 North Dakota Flicker Tale (also a young reader program where the children vote).

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The true story of Charlotte "Charley" Darkey Parkhurst, a woman who lived her life disguised as a man so she could be a stagecoach driver, is the basis for this ebullient and tautly structured novel. Charlotte, a girl who "couldn't sew a stitch and didn't know a petticoat from a pea pod," does have a deep respect and a sixth sense for horses. When the head of her New Hampshire orphanage tells her she's banned from riding because she's a girl, she disguises herself as a boy, runs away to Worcester, Mass., and secures a job as Mr. Ebeneezer's stable hand. He takes "Charley" under his wing, teaching her to be the finest horseman and the best coachman in the state. As she guides her coach across the countryside, she tells her passengers, "I know my horses by heart and I'm not one for bad drivin', so hold tight!" Along the way, she encounters a wealth of characters, some good (Hay, her orphan friend; Vern, a freedman who tends the orphanage stables) and some bad (Mr. Millshark, the orphanage head), but all fully realized by Muoz (Armadillos Sleep in Dugouts). Eventually, the heroine moves West, suffers a blow to her left eye that earns her the name "One-Eyed Charley," realizes her dream of owning her own property and, still disguised as a man, votes in the 1868 California presidential electionnow recognized as the first woman ever to vote in the U.S. With a pacing that moves along at a gallop, this is a skillful execution of a fascinating historical tale. Selznick's drawings, which have an "American Gothic" feel, highlight the dramatic moments. Ages 8-12. (Feb.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW's starred review called this fictionalized biography of equestrian Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst--who lived her life disguised as a man and was the first woman voter in the U.S.--an "ebullient and tautly structured novel that moves along at a gallop." Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
In the mid-1800s, it was hard to be a girl, and even harder to be a girl all alone. Charlotte could not remember the event that left her all alone, but she could remember the nights in the orphanage that followed. Charlotte hoped every day for new parents that would adopt her and take her home, but those parents never came. When Charlotte's best friend is adopted and she has to face that aloneness, she decides to do something about it. So begins the life of Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst. Charley was the best stagecoach driver the west had ever seen, but Charley lived a secret life, with hopes and dreams she never shared. This little known heroine from history comes alive in this story of a girl, a horse, and a dream. This is a great story for middle school students who like horse stories or adventure stories. This is also an excellent choice for the older adolescent who is a reluctant reader. It would make a great adventure to share aloud with a classroom. It opens many avenues for further study about this time in history.
School Library Journal

Gr 4-6

Equestrian Charlotte "Charley" Parkhurst had the will to overcome challenges and the courage to follow her dreams. In Pam Muñoz 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.-Ruth Lorbert, East Woods School, Oyster Bay, NY

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6This 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
From the Publisher
"With a pacing that moves along at a gallop, this is a skillful execution of a fascinating historical tale." –Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Middle-schoolers will love the horse adventures and the stories of her trickery…"
--Booklist

"Youngsters who liked Caddie Woodlawn better unreformed and who appreciate an atmospheric blend of grit, gorses, and history will want to take a ride with Charley." –Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545360296
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 87,898
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    Great Book...

    I first read this book in 4th grade. I am now in 8th grade and I still read it from time to time. It's a great story with a great meaning in it. I recommend..

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    Riding Freedom is written by Pam Munoz Ryan. This book is go

    Riding Freedom is written by Pam Munoz Ryan. This book is good because this little girl has hard times in her life and she tries to fix it.

    The main character in Riding Freedom is a girl named Charlotte parkhurst and she lived in an orphanage because her parents died when she was little. In that orphanage she lives in, she is the only girl and no one wants her so she runs away and makes herself look like a boy so no one will know it’s her.

    I liked this book because I could relate to the little girl and the problems in her life. It was a touching story and I would recommend it to other kids my age.
    This book will be good to read because if you like reading books about people in middle school or little kids and want to feel friendship in it and If you are feeling left out you should read this book.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

    highly recommended-you must check out

    Riding freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan is so cool! It's about a strong young girl named Charlotte who is tired of staying at the orphanage so she cuts her hair , changes her name, gets new clothes to look like a boy, and runs away to live her dreams. I love this book because Charlotte is not afraid to get caught and punished from running away plus she loves horses.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Vaccum of Entertainment

    This book was so interseting that I couldnt stop reading it and read and finsihed the entire book all at once. Even if you don't love books about horses, this one sure makes you want to know a lot more anout Charley and everthing else. I really loved the book and all of this authours books are just as thirling!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2013

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Best book i have read of this author.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2000

    d's opinion

    when i read this book,i read it in a couple of hours!! i just couldn't stop!! it is one of the best books i have ever read!! it is about a young lady who was born in the 1800 's when women couldn't do much!! she grew up in a boy's orfange only lead by the mean old cook on how to be a girl!! soon after her best friend is adopted she sets off and become's a hero for all girls!! in my eye's, that is!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    This

    AMAZING! Sad at first but it all comes together

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Amazing

    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! It is such in amazing books read it intell the end such a great book!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Riding Freedom

    Its AMAZING!!!!!! But then again i ride like 5 times a week

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Best book ever

    This book is the best,if you haven't read it, I would highly recemend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2013

    Amazing

    Loved it I don't whant to spoil it but you should read it it was awesome and if it gets a little boring keep reading it gets better and look for important details. I also couldn't stop reading this book,

    Hope you will whant to read this book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2011

    The best

    ON THE FIRST TWO CHAPTER IT BORING BUT IT WILL BE KICKING

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2009

    Adventures

    Do you like books that happen in 1800's? Yes, well this is the book for you.

    This book is about Charlotte wanting to do all of the things a girl cannot do in the 1800's. Read this book to find out what Charlotte does to get what she wants.

    I liked this book because it has lots of exciting parts like the middle and the end (my favorite).

    A girl who is in 3rd or 4th grade would like this book if they like horses and adventures.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2008

    A Great Book!

    This book was very well, written, but I'm sorry to say that I read it so long ago I can't vividly explain it in detail. I know that I did love it, however and I can still remember a few parts of it here and there. Pam Munoz Ryon obviously knows what she's doing.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    Awsome book

    It is an awsome book.I love how she acts like a boy named Charley.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2007

    Amazing!

    A book that deffinently tells you not to judge a book by it's color. Filled with action, a historical-fiction book kids won't want to put down. A must for horse lovers.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2007

    Read This Book

    This book makes you feel happy,sad,and wonder what will happen next in the story.I think you should read this,I really do.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2006

    Wonderful!

    I don't usually like books that take place in the 1800's, but this one rocked. I wonder if Charlotte marries Hay?!?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2005

    Awesome

    I loved this book. I randomly picked it up unexpecdadly and read it. Charlotte's story is amazing.I am glad that she actually did ride Freedom. From many things. Pam Munoz Ryan is a reccomended author.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2004

    Not great

    My teacher read this book to our class a couple of weeks ago. It was written quite well, but I found it boring at some parts. Plus, the ending (in my opinion) was disappointing. I mean, Charlotte didn't even get to see Hayward again. Unless your someone who really likes horses, I do NOT think you should read this book.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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