Riding Freedom

Riding Freedom Cover

Riding Freedom

By Pam Munoz Ryan; Brian Selznick (Illustrator)

Scholastic, Paperback, 9780439087964, 138pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 1999

Description

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.



About the Author
Pam Munoz Ryan grew up in the San Joaquin Valley of California and now lives with her family near San Diego. She based this story on the experiences of her maternal grandmother whose privileged life in Mexico was altered dramatically when she immigrated to the United States and went to work in a company-owned farm labor camp. She is the author of the acclaimed "Riding Freedom" and "Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride," an ALA Notable Children's Book.

Brian Selznick is the author and illustrator of the bestselling "The Invention of Hugo Cabret, " which was awarded the Caldecott Medal and was a National Book Award finalist. He is also the illustrator of many books for children, including "Frindle" and "Lunch Money" by Andrew Clements, as well as the "Doll People" trilogy by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin, and "The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins" by Barbara Kerley, which was a Caldecott Honor Book. Mr. Selznick divides his time between Brooklyn, New York, and San Diego, California.


Praise For Riding Freedom

"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