Riding Freedom

Riding Freedom

Book - 1998
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"A fictionalized account of adventurous Charlotte Parkhurst, who disguised herself as a boy at the age of 12 and ran away from a grim orphanage for boys. Charlotte had a special way with horses and managed to work her way up to fulfilling her dream of raising horses on a ranch of her own. Still disguised as a man, she became the first woman ever to vote." -- Amazon.ca website.
ISBN: 9780590957663
Characteristics: 138 pages :,black and white illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Selznick, Brian - Illustrator


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mvkramer Oct 11, 2016

Young Charlotte Parkhurst runs away from an orphanage and dresses as a man to achieve her dream - being a top-notch stagecoach driver. For such a dynamic topic, the book is a very tranquil read. Good supplement for history lessons.

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LibrLdyMapleValley Jan 23, 2015

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan is based on the true story of Charley Parkhurst who lived her entire life as a man during the 1800's. She became one of the first women to vote in a presidential election (but only because they thought she was a man), owned a horse ranch and drove stagecoaches for years. No one suspected her secret until the day she died.
Charolotte Parkhurst, orphaned at the tender age of two, has been raised in an all boy orphanage. Her life revolves around cleaning and working in the kitchen. The only thing that makes her life bearable is working with the horses. She has a gift for working with horses that cannot be denied but that is exactly what happens. The owner of the orphanage decides that it isn't proper for Charlotte to be doing a "man's job" and bans her from being with the horses. Charlotte realizes that she will never be allowed to leave the orphanage and plans a daring escape. The only relatively safe way for her to travel in the 1800'sis to pretend to be a boy so she cuts her hair, changes her clothes and walks away from the orphanage forever as Charley Parkhurst. Horse loving girls ages 8 - 13 will enjoy every bit of this unforgettable story written in a page turning style.

Riding Freedom is a very good book. I have been wanting to read it since back in fifth grade. I would recommend to any one who loves horse stories and historical fiction. The book is based on a real person and events.

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