by DiAne Gates


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Thirteen-year-old Crissy Crosby chases a dream to live up to her parents' rodeo legacy. But the rodeo championship is two months away and problems beyond her ability to solve stack and teeter like a game of Tumbling-Towers. Meanwhile rival Jodie Lea and her father, Ed Fairgate, contrive to swipe the silver buckles from Crissy's grasp any way they can.
Prejudice, anger, and dark secrets simmer in a pot of family feuds destined to boil over in a tragic nightmare at the rodeo. Will Crissy develop courage and faith to overcome the consequences of her temper? Will her dreams of buckles and titles become reality? Or will the character-building adversities of her life quash her dreams forever?

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ISBN-13: 9781516890750
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/18/2015
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(d)

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Roped 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
VPCaine More than 1 year ago
If you love cowboys, rodeos, and heroes this is the book for you. Actually it’s about a heroine, and little Crissy Crosby is quite the girl. She’s out to win the silver buckle, and it seems like the world is against her led by the Fairgate family and Crissy’s long time competitor and pain in the neck, Jodie Lea. Try as she might it seems everything goes wrong for Crissy and her family including the weather, but her biggest enemy is her temper. At school, she befriends a Chinese immigrant, Chun, and Jodie is out for him, too. Jodie Lea and her father try everything to keep Crissy and Chun out of the rodeo and when their attempts fail things get even more dangerous. As they deal with temperamental horses and Brahma bulls with minds of their own, a more menacing plot unfolds. Everyone is in danger including Jodie Lea herself. When the rodeo is over, Crissy learns from her grandfather her most important goal is forgiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed this enchanting YA. I was fighting for Crissy all the way and cheered her on while she competed. The excitement and thrill of the rodeo develops beautifully in this story. The well-formed and thought out characters made them believable. Well done, Ms. Gates.
penelopem More than 1 year ago
This first person story drew me in and didn't let go. Crissy Crosby has a problem with her temper and nasty Jodie Lea eggs her on until she's in big trouble. Despite the crises Crissy's family goes through, they weather every storm with their solid faith and genuine love for each other. I was rooting for Crissy and her good friend Chun all the way. Great entertainment!
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Roped**** by DiAne Gates Thirteen year old Crissy Crosby has a long held dream—to win the silver buckle. She knows there will be challenges as there is in anything worthwhile, however she did not foresee the challenges she is about to face. Not everyone plays fair and Crissy losses her temper even though she tries not too. Will her temper cost her her dreams? I like this spunky thirteen year old rodeo rider and her determination to reach her goals. She has some hard lessons to learn and the consequences of her actions...mainly her temper. I like that she befriended a new student, Chun, who is a Chinese immigrate. He soon becomes a good friend and I like the way he stands up for what is right. I really like Crissy's grandfather. He passes on some great wisdom to her and teaches her a lot about forgiveness. I like the closeness of Crissy and her family and their faith. There are some characters that are rather stuck-up, wealthy and will go to any lengths to get what they want. Which brings lots of drama to the story. But there are some secrets that may give a clue as to why they behave the way they do. I don't usually read books about the rodeo or YA books but I enjoyed reading Roped. ~I won a copy of the book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Gretchen Jawurek for Readers' Favorite Roped by DiAne N. Gates tells the story of Crissy Crosby, who lives in Terrel, Texas, where football and rodeo are everything, winning makes you a hero, and losing makes you a zero. Crissy has to deal with school, keeping up her grades and still get in practice time for the rodeo. Sick horses, a nasty temper, and Jodie Lea, a foe who always seems to push just the right buttons to get her temper to flare up and get her into trouble. There is also Jodie Lea’s father who is the town villain, doing whatever it takes to gain control of the town and anyone who lives there. Crissy is trying to advance from the junior class to senior class in the rodeo, to win that elusive silver buckle, but Jodie Lea is doing everything in her power to make sure that doesn’t happen. Jodie Lea wants to win the silver buckle for herself. And then there is the new guy in town; Chun Len who is the one being picked on. Crissy decides that she must defend him and he becomes a friend. So now they are both having to deal with being bullied; him because he is considered a foreigner and must not be trusted and Crissy because she defended him. Will Crissy get that silver buckle that she has wanted since her first rodeo watching from the stands as a little girl? Or will her temper and Jodie Lea get the better of her? Roped touches on several subjects: having a temper and having to control it even though you are being slandered; being bullied, and defending someone who is being bullied and feeling the repercussions; what true competition is about; and finally having to act more like an adult than a kid. I was looking for a book about horses and I was pleasantly surprised and excited to find a book about really showing and taking care of a horse. It gives you a look at what happens behind the scenes; what it takes to compete in an event with horses. Being a rider and showing horses myself, I have wanted to read a book that is a little more on the side of the reality of owning and showing a horse. And I have finally found one! The first page drew me in and then I couldn’t wait to read what would happen next and how they were to going to solve their problems and would she finally win that silver buckle? You’ll have to read it to find out. Believe me, this is not your typical horse story; it gives a glimpse of what life really is like with horses, and you will love it.
Lindanetwork More than 1 year ago
Wowee zowee, this book is high entertainment for both teens and adults. It is action-packed from beginning to end, with memorable, admirable characters. It treats the reader to a generous dose of captivating Texas-isms and wonderful descriptions to augment all the plot twists and turns. Here are just a few of my favorites: "My Papa sat at our kitchen table, looking through photo albums and drinking coffee, his face washed clean of the Papa I knew before Nana died." "And those silly girls giggled and straggled down the hallway like a litter of baby skunks following their mama." “I could see by the set of her jaw and the fire in her eyes the lid had blown off timid.” DiAne Gates is a natural-born storyteller with a deep well of wisdom and humor. I highly recommend this book and am anxious to read more of her novels. Roped would make a great movie!
Danele More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! It had me crying by the end of the first chapter and cheering by the last. The author had an almost magical way of making her characters, and the Texas rodeo culture, come to life. This book emphasized the importance of forgiveness, of keeping your temper, and of trusting in God. I plan on reading this story many more times in the future, and I would highly recommend it for teens and adults alike. I'm eagerly looking forward to the sequel!
LAFreeland More than 1 year ago
A great read for teens and adults, Roped is a gallop-paced rodeo ride from the first to the last page. As the story opens, Chrissy has one dream—to win the silver buckle—and she’s determined to make that dream come true, no matter what. But when tragedy strikes her family and her rodeo and personal nemesis, Jodie Lea Fairgate, makes it her mission to complicate Crissy’s life, Crissy may lose her only chance. While I have no personal experience with Texas rodeo, after reading Roped I feel like I’ve sat in Lollipop’s saddle, smelled the fried food, heard the crowd cheer, walked the arena, and come face-to-face with snot-nosed Booger Daddy the bull. DiAne put me right in the middle of all the excitement. Besides the rodeo action, what I loved most about this book were the relationships. It was fun to get to know Chun and watch his friendship with Crissy grow. My favorite scenes were the ones between Crissy and Papa. Not only is she trying to win in the arena, she’s trying to win in life and Papa becomes her rock in deep journey of self and faith discovery. Roped is a read not to miss!