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Jockey Girl
By (author): Shelley Peterson
9781459734340 Paperback, Trade English Young Adult : Age (years) from 12 - 15, Reading age from 12 - 15 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Animals / Horses Golden Horseshoe Feb 06, 2016
$12.99 CAD
Active 5 x 8 x 1 in | 220 gr 320 pages Dundurn
 
CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens (Fall 2016) 2016, Commended VOYA Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2016, Commended
CCBC’s Best Books for Kids & Teens (Fall 2016) — Commended
2016 VOYA Top Shelf Fiction Selection


A teen girl’s quest to find her mother leads her to the big city, and gives her the courage to fulfill her dream of becoming a jockey.

Evangeline “Evie” Gibb lives a seemingly charmed life on a thoroughbred racehorse farm. But in reality, Evie feels alone in the world, cheered only by the affection of a racehorse named No Justice.

She’s always been told that her mother, Angela Parson, is dead. Then, on her sixteenth birthday, a card arrives from her great aunt Mary with the suggestion that Angela might still be alive — and Evie’s life is turned upside down. In hopes of winning enough money to leave her hateful father and find her mother, Evie enters the Caledon Horse Race. But something she overhears her father say changes everything, and Evie steals the racehorse in the night and runs away. With a stray dog named Magpie at her side and help from Aunt Mary, Evie unearths long-hidden family secrets, finds unexpected love, and takes the racing world by storm.

  • Jockey Girl deals with confidence issues that are universal in the coming-of-age years.
  • Gives readers an inside look at the race track and living with horses and animals.
  • Will appeal to horse-lovers of all ages, but this is much more than an adventure with horses.
  • Family life — the positive and negative effects of a parent’s behavior — is woven throughout the story.
  • The book examines various aspects of human nature, how we all make mistakes, and how people react to their mistakes. Some make them worse, some ignore, some rectify the situation. How the way we deal with things defines our character.
  • Author breeds, trains, and works with horses.

Shelley Peterson is the bestselling author of six published novels for young readers: Dancer, Abby Malone, Stagestruck, Sundancer, Mystery at Saddle Creek, and Dark Days at Saddle Creek. She divides her time between Toronto and Fox Ridge, where she operates a stable.


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Jaclyn Hodsdon

This outing will thrill Peterson’s fans — she has many in Canada — and should win her some new ones. - Kirkus Reviews

Peterson’s depiction of the racing world is intriguing and comprehensive, and stories about girls and their horses will never go out of style. - Booklist

Peterson packs this story with several lessons — about making choices, facing addiction, self-actualization, and peer-pressure. - Resource Links

Jockey Girl is a detailed and action-filled story that makes the reader want to race to the finish - Canadian Materials

Peterson tackles the tough societal issues of addiction, abuse, and homelessness with compassion and the understanding that people are not always who we want them to be. - The Rider

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