Gabriel’s Triumph

Category: Series: Racing to FreedomThemes: Animals
Gabriel, a twelve-year-old recently freed slave and talented jockey, is burning up the horse track—and stacking up wins for his former master, Mister Giles.

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Description

Gabriel, a twelve-year-old recently freed slave and talented jockey, is burning up the horse track—and stacking up wins for his former master, Mister Giles.

When Mister Giles asks him to ride Aristo, a powerful but unpredictable horse, in the prestigious Saratoga Chase, Gabriel jumps at the chance to compete against some of the greatest jockeys in the business. But as he begins the journey to Saratoga, he finds that high-stakes horse racing can be a nasty business as he works to keep Aristo safe and fend off horse poachers and jealous jockeys.

Gabriel also learns the difficult lesson that being freed is not the same as being free. More than ever, Gabriel misses his father, who is fighting with the Union Army. Who else can he trust?

In the second book of the Racing to Freedom trilogy, Alison Hart continues to explore the complex relationships of the Civil War. The result is a gripping story that vividly brings to life the danger and drama of a time when war and issues of race and freedom divided the country. Background historical material and photos are included.

Author/Illustrator

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Alison Hart

Author

A former teacher, Alison Hart is the author of more than sixty books for young readers.

Reviews

“There is enough excitement and suspense along the way to keep readers interested. The narrative is well written and the major characters have depth and realism.… This follow up to Gabriel’s Horses (Peachtree 2007) is part of a planned trilogy but stands on its own.” ―School Library Journal

“Thrilling horse racing once again frames a stirring Civil War story in the second title in the Racing to Freedom series.” ―Booklist

Awards

Kansas State Reading Circle Recommended Reading List (Top Pick, Middle School/Junior High) ―Kansas National Education Association, 2008

More Details

AR Level: 6.0
F&P: GRL V, Gr 5, Genre HF
Lexile: 730L
Themes: African-American History, Civil War, Horses
BISAC 1: JUV002130 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Horses
BISAC 2: JUV011010 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
BISAC 3: JUV016140 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century