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.
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
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
Charley Parkhurst; mistaken identity; California; east coast; orphanage; stage coach driving; horses
Ryan, Pam Muñoz, "Riding Freedom" (1998). Diverse Families. 1206.