Riding Freedom

by Pam Munoz Ryan (Author) Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

Riding Freedom
Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade
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.

Publishers 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 Publishers Weekly Used with permission.

Review quotes

"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..."

"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
Pam Munoz Ryan
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.

Mr Cepeda received his BFA in illustration from California State University, Long Beach in 1992 and also studied Engineering at Cornell University. He is the illustrator of awarding-winning picture books such as What a Truly Cool World and Nappy Hair.
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Scholastic Paperbacks
Publication date
September 19, 1999
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BISAC categories
JUV016140 - Juvenile Fiction | Historical | United States - 19th Century
JUV004020 - Juvenile Fiction | Biographical | United States
Library of Congress categories
California Young Reader Medal
Winner 2000 - 2000
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Book Award
Nominee 2001 - 2001
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Nominee 2001 - 2001
Young Hoosier Book Award
Nominee 2001 - 2001
WILLA Literary Award
Winner 1999 - 1999
Grand Canyon Reader Award
Winner 2000 - 2000
Sasquatch Award
Nominee 2001 - 2001

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