Riding Freedom

Riding Freedom

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A reissue of Pam Munoz Ryan's bestselling backlist with a distinctive new author treatment.

In this fast-paced, courageous, and inspiring story, readers adventure with Charlotte Parkhurst as she first finds work as a stable hand, becomes a famous stage-coach driver (performing brave feats and outwitting bandits), finds love as a woman but later resumes her identity as a man after the loss of a baby and the tragic death of her husband, and ultimately settles out west on the farm she'd dreamed of having since childhood. It wasn't until after her death that anyone discovered she was a woman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439087964
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1999
Series: Scholastic Signature
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 24,622
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Pam Munoz Ryan is the recipient of the NEA's Human and Civil Rights Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award for multicultural literature. She has written more than thirty books which have garnered, among countless accolades, the Pura Belpre Medal, the Jane Addams Award, and the Schneider Family Award. Pam lives near San Diego. You can visit her at www.pammunozryan.com.

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Muñoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn’t traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

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Riding Freedom 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 4th grade. I am now in 8th grade and I still read it from time to time. It's a great story with a great meaning in it. I recommend..
Hannah21 More than 1 year ago
Riding freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan is so cool! It's about a strong young girl named Charlotte who is tired of staying at the orphanage so she cuts her hair , changes her name, gets new clothes to look like a boy, and runs away to live her dreams. I love this book because Charlotte is not afraid to get caught and punished from running away plus she loves horses.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Riding Freedom is written by Pam Munoz Ryan. This book is good because this little girl has hard times in her life and she tries to fix it. The main character in Riding Freedom is a girl named Charlotte parkhurst and she lived in an orphanage because her parents died when she was little. In that orphanage she lives in, she is the only girl and no one wants her so she runs away and makes herself look like a boy so no one will know it’s her. I liked this book because I could relate to the little girl and the problems in her life. It was a touching story and I would recommend it to other kids my age. This book will be good to read because if you like reading books about people in middle school or little kids and want to feel friendship in it and If you are feeling left out you should read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its AMAZING!!!!!! But then again i ride like 5 times a week
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was so interseting that I couldnt stop reading it and read and finsihed the entire book all at once. Even if you don't love books about horses, this one sure makes you want to know a lot more anout Charley and everthing else. I really loved the book and all of this authours books are just as thirling!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best,if you haven't read it, I would highly recemend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have read of this author.
AndyMo More than 1 year ago
Do you like books that happen in 1800's? Yes, well this is the book for you. This book is about Charlotte wanting to do all of the things a girl cannot do in the 1800's. Read this book to find out what Charlotte does to get what she wants. I liked this book because it has lots of exciting parts like the middle and the end (my favorite). A girl who is in 3rd or 4th grade would like this book if they like horses and adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING! Sad at first but it all comes together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!!! It is such in amazing books read it intell the end such a great book!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it I don't whant to spoil it but you should read it it was awesome and if it gets a little boring keep reading it gets better and look for important details. I also couldn't stop reading this book, Hope you will whant to read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very well, written, but I'm sorry to say that I read it so long ago I can't vividly explain it in detail. I know that I did love it, however and I can still remember a few parts of it here and there. Pam Munoz Ryon obviously knows what she's doing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is an awsome book.I love how she acts like a boy named Charley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A book that deffinently tells you not to judge a book by it's color. Filled with action, a historical-fiction book kids won't want to put down. A must for horse lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book makes you feel happy,sad,and wonder what will happen next in the story.I think you should read this,I really do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually like books that take place in the 1800's, but this one rocked. I wonder if Charlotte marries Hay?!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I randomly picked it up unexpecdadly and read it. Charlotte's story is amazing.I am glad that she actually did ride Freedom. From many things. Pam Munoz Ryan is a reccomended author.
TheTie-DyeUnicorn More than 1 year ago
Great Story with Wonderful illustrations. I first read this book on a whim while at a local library and have loved it ever since. I am a big fan of historical fiction anyway and when I saw the gorgeous horse on the cover, I had to read it. I loved reading about Charlotte's journey and following her as she lived her life and became a famous stage coach diver. She had a lot of spirit! The language of the book is very simple and easy, as it was written for a young audience. I wish Pam had included more details, but I've reread the book at least four times anyways! You won't regret buying this story! -TheTie-DyeUnicorn
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Really excellent biography of the first female voter in America.
mmleynek on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Personal Response:I really admire Charlotte for having the courage to live the life she wanted. She lived in a time where women were not allowed the freedoms we have today but she didn¿t let that stop her from making her dreams come true.Curricular Connections:I would use this book in a unit on woman's rights
meyben on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great story. Definate reccomend for kids. Loads of history. Enjoyed reading about a girl who made in the wild west.
mrsdwilliams on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Based on the life of Charlotte Parkhurst, this fictionalized biography will be a sure hit with horse lovers.Charlotte was raised in an orphanage full of boys and discovered early on that she had a gift with horses. She eventually ran away, disguised as a boy. She worked as a stable boy, a coach driver, and finally, a ranch owner. Charlotte spent her life disguised as a man and was the first woman ever to vote (even though no one realized she was a woman until her death). As a woman living in the 1800's, Charlotte had to maintain her disguise in order to live the life she wanted. We really have come a long way...
carebeargirlie5187 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the story of Charlotte Parkhurst's childhood. Charlotte was orphaned at two years old and grew up in an all boys orphanage where she was worked as a slave and given less rights than her male peers. After being told she could no longer participate in her favorite passtime, riding and tending to horses, Charlotte decides to run away to California using her great horse handling abilities. She over comes many hardships and eventualy becomes the first woman to vote in the US.This is a great story with a strong female role model who faced all of her life's hardships with great resiliance.I would reccomend this book to a chld who shows an interest in horses. I think this book is more suited for a femal audience and may be incorporated along with a lesson on the oman's sufferage movement.
Phong96 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The novel, Riding Freedom,encompasses working to get equal right for male and female. In the beginning, the protagonist struggles with being to only girl in the camp that has male only. In the middle, the protagonist run away from the boy camp to find a job and a way to survive from getting caught and having food. In the end, the protagonist dress as a men and walked ing the voting station and try to get egual rights between men and women.
Annod on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I could not keep this book on my shelves at my school library.