Gabriel's Triumph (Racing to Freedom Trilogy)

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The year is 1864 and twelve-year-old Gabriel, a recently freed slave, is making a name for himself throughout the state of Kentucky. With his competitive spirit and natural talent for racing horses, Gabriel 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 soon as he begins the journey to Saratoga with Aristo by boxcar, he finds that high-stakes horse racing can be a nasty business. Gabriel also learns the difficult lesson that being freed is not the same as being free.
Now Gabriel has more on his mind than winning the race. He must keep Master Giles s horse safe and fend off trouble from horse poachers and jealous jockeys. More than ever, Gabriel misses his father, who is fighting with the Union Army. Who else can he trust?
In the second book of this highly engrossing historical fiction trilogy set during the Civil War, author Alison Hart continues to explore the complex relationships between black and white, slave and master, and North and South. 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.
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Alison Hart is the author of more than forty books for young readers, including many popular mysteries, the Riding Academy series, and Shadow Horse a 2000 Edgar nominee for best children's mystery. Hart is a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.

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Thrilling horse racing once again frames a stirring Civil War story in the second title of the Racing to Freedom series, which began with Gabriel's Horses (2007). Now freed from slavery and a champion jockey, Gabriel Alexander, 13, travels north to race in the big Saratoga Chase in New York. North is supposed to be "where freedom is," but Gabriel's brisk, present-tense, first-person narrative reveals his shock at the racism and segregation he finds there. A long note fills in the history, and a cast list will help readers keep the characters straight. -Hazel Rochman --Booklist

Gabriel, a former slave who has a talent for dealing with horses and winning races, lives in Kentucky in 1864 at Woodville Farm where he works for Mr. Giles, who gave the 13-year-old his freedom after he saved eight thoroughbreds from Rebel guerrillas. When Mr. Giles decides to enter his best horse in a prestigious race at Saratoga, Gabriel is thrilled to be chosen as the jockey. The outcome of the big event is never in doubt, but 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. The book illustrates that the Civil War touched different people to different degrees and in various ways. In Kentucky, some of the slaves run away to join the Union Army, believing that fighting is better than being a slave. In contrast, large crowds of civilians in a holiday mood attend the Saratoga races. Gabriel discovers that there are good and bad people on both sides. This follow up to Gabriel's Horses (Peachtree 2007) is part of a planned trilogy but stands on its own. --School Library Journal

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