Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gabriel's Triumph by Alison Hart ****

This was a very satisfying sequel to Gabriel's Horses, & again for me it has a lot to do with the horse racing aspect of it. Hearing about the races, the crowds, & the excitement makes me anxious for the Kentucky Derby!

It's 1864, and Gabriel is traveling north to Saratoga Springs to race at the most famous racetrack of the day. He meets many hazards on the train ride there & in the barns of the racetrack itself, but also meets up with his old friend Jackson & makes a new one. His goal is to become a famous jockey, while overcoming the prejudice he experiences by being a free black man during the Civil War.

I enjoyed the second book in the Racing to Freedom Trilogy, & can't wait to read the third book now. I'm also looking forward to reading Emma's River, Alison Hart's newest book, & which the author was kind enough to send to me! How cool is that?!? Thanks again, Ms. Hart, & happy reading everyone!

1 comment:

alison said...

Hi Suelle! THanks for reading and reviewing Gabriel's Triumph. Warning: Gabriel's Journey isn't about horse racing--but has lots of interesting information about the cavalry during the Civil War--so it is still very horsey. I learned an incredible amount of information about how the cavalry horses were trained, how they marched and on and on. Thanks again and enjoy Emma!