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Riding Freedom

Title

Riding Freedom

Authors

Pam Muñoz Ryan

Illustrator

Brian Selznick

Publisher

Scholastic Press

Publication Year

1998

ISBN

9780590957663

Pages

138 pages

Genre

historical

Format

chapter book

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A fictionalized account of Charley (Charlotte) Parkhurst who ran away from an orphanage, posed as a boy, moved to California, and fooled everyone by her appearance.

Grade Level

3-5

Topic

Family Relationships; LGBTQ (Gender and Sexuality); Family member death; Gender nonconformity; death of a mother; death of a father; death of parents; gender expression; gender roles; girls who dress as boys

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

White

Family Formation

no family

Awards

Arizona Young Readers' Award, 2000, Winner, Intermediate
California Young Reader Medal, 2000, Winner, Intermediate
Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award, 2000, Honor
Children's Literature Council of Southern California Award, 1999, Winner, Recognition of Merit for a First Novel
Grand Canyon Reader Award, 2000, Winner, Intermediate Book

Keywords

Charley Parkhurst; mistaken identity; California; east coast; orphanage; stage coach driving; horses

Diversity Impact

direct

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