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Riding Chance
by Christine Kendall


Overview - Troy is a kid with a passion. And dreams. And wanting to do the right thing. But after taking a wrong turn, he's forced to endure something that's worse than any juvenile detention he can imagine-he's "sentenced" to the local city stables where he's made to take care of horses.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Troy is a kid with a passion. And dreams. And wanting to do the right thing. But after taking a wrong turn, he's forced to endure something that's worse than any juvenile detention he can imagine-he's "sentenced" to the local city stables where he's made to take care of horses. The greatest punishment has been trying to make sense of things since his mom died but, through his work with the horses, he discovers a sport totally unknown to him-polo. Troy has to figure out which friends have his back, which kids to cut loose, and whether he and Alisha have a true connection. Laced with humor and beating with heartache, this novel will grip readers, pull them in quickly, and take them on an unforgettable ride. Set in present day Christine Kendall's stunning debut lets us come face-to-face with the challenges of a loving family that turn hardships into triumphs.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780545924047
  • ISBN-10: 0545924049
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: October 2016
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - General
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Sports & Recreation - Equestrian

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Sentenced to work at a stable after being caught with stolen iPhones, Troy Butler is drawn to the horses and the grace and physicality of polo. To join the team, he must prove himself through hard work, responsibility, and earning the trust of Chance, a discerning polo pony. Set in Philadelphia, Kendall’s debut candidly addresses unfair treatment based on race (Troy, who is black, is harassed by police for walking down the street carrying a polo mallet and struggles with the anger the incident provokes), loss of direction after the death of a parent, and the positive influence of family and community (Troy is offered guidance by many peers and adults throughout). It’s Troy’s connection with Chance, however, that steals the show (“I slid back down to the ground and laid my head up against Chance’s side. Didn’t want anybody to know I had a lump in my throat, but it felt like Chance knew”) in a stirring look into the life of a young man finding passion, inspiration, and direction. Ages 10–14. Agent: Miriam Altshuler, Miriam Altshuler Literary. (Oct.)

 
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