In the mid- to late-1930s, Risky Chance grows from a spirited colt to a winning racehorse, but an injury and the Great Depression bring hardship that only a special little girl can help him overcome.
For all lovers of horses and history, it's the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory. Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.
ALISON HART (real name, Alice Leonhardt) has written over 60 books for children. Under the pen name, Alison Hart, she has written over 20 children's books. Titles include ANNA?S BLIZZARD (Peachtree Publishers), a 2006 IRA Teacher's Choice and WILLA finalist; and SPY ON THE HOME FRONT, a WWII Molly Mystery (American Girls). In April 2007, Peachtree will publish GABRIEL?S HORSES, the first novel in RACING FOR FREEDOM, a middle grade historical suspense trilogy about horse racing, African American jockeys and an African American cavalry unit in the Civil War. It has been chosen as a Junior Librar