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Riding Chance, Christine Kendall

Label
Riding Chance
Title
Riding Chance
Statement of responsibility
Christine Kendall
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Since his mother died thirteen-year-old Troy has been skipping school and hanging out with the wrong crowd, and now he and his friend Foster have been sentenced to work in the local Philadelphia stables; at first he is apprehensive around the horses, but soon he bonds with a mare named Chance, and discovers the sport of polo--but also makes some new enemies
Storyline
Character
Review
  • Grades 4-7 At 13, Troy isn’t a bad kid, but when he and his best friend, Foster, get into trouble, the punishment isn’t what they expected: they’re sent to a stable in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to muck stalls and take care of horses. No one is more surprised than Troy when he loves it, or when it turns out that he has an aptitude for polo, a sport African American Troy always thought was only for rich white kids. His newfound passion is not without problems, though; Troy clashes both with other kids at the barn and with Foster, who feels abandoned. Although the characterizations sometimes verge on stereotype, this is a thoughtful and necessary glance into a difficult world, and Kendall handles delicate situations with care—Troy’s tense encounter with the police draws attention to uncomfortable truths without villainization. Inspired by Philadelphia’s Work to Ride program, a nonprofit group that uses equine sports to help disadvantaged kids, this is an eye-opening account into a real organization striving for change. -- Reagan, Maggie (Reviewed 9/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 113, number 1, p106)
  • 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.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 08/29/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 35, p)
  • A troubled inner-city boy learns to play polo in a program modeled after Philadelphia's famed Work to Ride. Troy, 13, has been skipping school and "hanging out with knuckleheads" for nearly a year since his mom died. After getting caught in petty crime with his friend Foster, the boys are assigned to work at the stables in Fairmount Park. (It's implied that both are black, along with most if not all the other characters, but skin color is rarely explicitly assigned.) Troy feels drawn to the horses, especially a polo mare named Chance; after putting in time mucking stalls, he gradually begins to learn to ride and ultimately joins the barn's polo team. Troy, who lives with his father and grandmother, has to deal with both the complexities of his family life and the enduring enmity of some of the other boys—the knuckleheads he's outgrown. In her debut novel, Kendall does a good job capturing Troy's voice but falters a bit in her descriptions of the horses and, especially, what it's like to play polo. Her story is strong in setting and begins well, but the plot falters midway, the story progressing without much at stake until the melodramatic end. Still, it's good to read a horse story with an inner-city black protagonist at home in a black environment. A worthwhile first outing; Kendall shows promise. (Fiction. 10-14)(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2016)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10541658
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kendall, Christine
Dewey number
  • 813.6
  • Fic
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 570L
  • Decoding demand: 87 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 99 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 86 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 86 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
4.1
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Horses
  • Polo
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Fathers and sons
  • Bereavement
  • Horses
  • Polo
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Fathers and sons
  • Grief
  • Bereavement
  • Fathers and sons
  • Horses
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Polo
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Riding Chance, Christine Kendall
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1647019
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
212 pages
Isbn
9780545924047
Lccn
2016007976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545924047
  • (OCoLC)941875489
Label
Riding Chance, Christine Kendall
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1647019
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
212 pages
Isbn
9780545924047
Lccn
2016007976
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780545924047
  • (OCoLC)941875489

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