The Adventure Begins
The Adventure Begins

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Series: Spirit Riding Free Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she's only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their city life and travel to their new home in the Wild West.
Catalog Number: #182671
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 258 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-42506-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4663-1
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-42506-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4663-2
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017932038
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Though she's never been on a horse before, nineteenth-century city slicker Lucky, new to Miradero, Texas, has an instantaneous connection with a wild stallion, which enables her to ride him bareback at a gallop to rescue a couple of girls from peril. This slight novelization is a spinoff of DreamWorks' animated historical movie and subsequent Netflix series.
Kirkus Reviews
Finishing school is no place for an adventurous, high-energy girl, so when Fortuna "Lucky" Esperanza Navarro Prescott's widower father is called west to supervise the railroad's last push to the Pacific, she begs to accompany him. But when biracial (white/Latina) Lucky, her white, railroad-magnate father, and his sister, Cora, arrive in Miradero after a long train ride, it is nothing like any of them imagined. With her father busy with work, it is up to Lucky and her aunt to set up their home and make friends. Stuffy Cora soon finds her society ways at odds with the reality of her new home. And Lucky realizes that unless she learns to ride a horse, she will forever be on the outside. When she meets a wild stallion penned in town, Lucky hopes that she has inherited more than her dark hair and brown skin from her trick-riding mother, a former circus performer who died when she was 2. Inspired by the 2002 movie Spirit: Stallion of Cimarron, Lucky's adventures in her new home will woo history fans and Western buffs alike. Lucky's bicultural heritage is given short shrift, and Miradero's race relations feel ahistorical at best; snobbish Mrs. Gutierriez, the mayor's wife (and mother of mean girl Maricela), bemoans the difficulty of finding good help to the equally snooty Cora. But the fresh voice and unbridled enthusiasm of both girl and horse will inspire anyone dealing with their own isolation and teasing. A wild ride that will make spirits soar. (Historical fiction. 8-12)
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Word Count: 49,718
Reading Level: 4.5
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.5 / points: 7.0 / quiz: 189695 / grade: Lower Grades
Guided Reading Level: V
Fountas & Pinnell: V

The thrilling world of DreamWorks Animation's Spirit Riding Free is brought to life in award-winning author Suzanne Selfors's original novel!

Twelve-year-old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she's only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their neat-and-tidy city life and travel to their new home out west-the Wild West.

At first Lucky is excited, but during the long train ride to her new hometown of Miradero, she begins to worry. What if she doesn't make any new friends? Everyone in the West rides horses, but she's never been allowed to even sit on one. How can she possibly fit in? Anxious about the future, Lucky looks out the train window and sees a majestic wild stallion. When their eyes meet, she senses a connection. But when the stallion is caught by wranglers, Lucky's heart breaks. And when she next sees the stallion, he's tied to a post, refusing to be "broken in."

Spirit Riding Free: The Adventure Begins is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together?

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