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Raja: Story of a Racehorse


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ISBN13: 9780615540290
ISBN10: 0615540295
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IPPY Award Bronze Medalist for Juvenile Fiction

Benjamin Franklin Award Finalist for Young Readers Fiction (8-12)

Winner of Mom's Choice Gold Medal

Kirkus 2012 Best of Indie Selection


Written from the horses point of view and filled with authentic details, this young adult novel chronicles the life of a well-bred Thoroughbred racehorse destined for greatness. After a promising—and winning—start on the path to the Triple Crown, a series of bad-luck events end Rajas racing career, and he finds himself pulled into the random world of off-the-track Thoroughbreds. His odyssey takes him from the breeding farms of Ocala, Florida, to the stakes races on the Kentucky Derby trail; from competing as a show jumper on the “A” show circuit to becoming a member of the New York City Mounted Police and witnessing the horrors of the livestock auction. Finally, Raja finds himself in a stable belonging to a retired steeplechase jockey and his 16-year-old niece, where he finally has a chance to realize his destiny.

About the Author

Anne Hambleton has been involved with horses for more than 40 years as a trainer, amateur steeplechase jockey, and show jumper. She lives in Weybridge, Vermont. Margaret Kauffman is an illustrator, sculptor, and portrait artist who has received awards from the American Academy of Equine Art and the Kentucky Derby Museum. Her work has appeared on the cover of Chronicle of the Horse and in Abroad magazine, Country magazine, Equine Images, and Spur. She lives in Millerton, New York.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, April 18, 2013 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
Author Anne Hambleton has given us a glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred through the horse’s point of view in her novel, Raja: Story of a Racehorse. When Raja is born his owner, a sheikh from the Middle East, has high hopes for racing him. At first it seems that Raja will fulfill those hopes, but his fear of lightning leads to an accident that ends his career before it’s even begun.

This sets off a chain of events that sees Raja end up with a variety of owners, some good, some bad, and move from one purpose to another. Along the way, readers get an interesting look at and education about the variety of ways horses interact with humans. Raja learns dressage and steeplechase. He also discovers that not all horses race. For instance, some are set to work in fields, while others are police horses. Some owners treat their horses well and develop special bonds with them, others see them merely as a means to an end, like winning races or keeping a farm going. Some owners don’t know how to care for horses, and the animals suffer from neglect.

Through the eyes of Raja readers see both the good and the bad, and they get a feeling for how much horses (and other animals) depend on the humans in their lives to protect them from harm. Raja’s connections to the people who care for him, his fears of lightning and the “kill buyer” at auction, his love of running and open pastures, all combine to make his story both touching and educational. You’ll cheer him on to the very last page.

The author provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Hambleton, Anne
Old Bow Publishing
Kauffman, Margaret
Animals - Horses
Children s-General
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Trade Paper
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Grade Level:
from 4 up to 7
8.5 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
from 9 up to 12

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