For all lovers of horses and history, it's the next book in the popular Horse Diaries series. Born in California at the start of the Great Depression, Risky Chance is a gray thoroughbred who was born to race. Life at the track and being spoiled by his jockey's young daughter, Marie, is all Chance could ask for. He loves nothing more than running fast and winning. But after an accident, Chance discovers a side of horse racing that has little to do with glory.
Like Black Beauty, this moving novel is told in first person from the horse's own point of view and includes an appendix full of photos and facts about thoroughbreds, horse racing, and the Great Depression.
About the Author
Alison studied theater at Tisch School of The Arts, New York University (B.F.A.), and later found her voice as a writer. Alison identifies herself as a mixed race African American, Passamaquoddy Native American, Irish, Scottish and English woman of color.
A Black Box Theater produced her play, Mother Daughter Dance, in San Francisco (1995). Her poems are published in: Voices of Identity, Rage and Deliverance (No Press at UC Berkeley, 1992) and Lincoln by Lincoln (The Cottage Press, 2004). She performed selected poems on KALX radio in Berkeley (1992).
Other works include short stories in Writing For Our Lives (Running Deer Press, 1992). Maggie Seritzer featured her story New York Compromise, on KPFA radio (1993). Alison was a featured reader at the first annual Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in Los Angeles, (2008). Recently Alison read at the Well Red Series at Works/San Jose Art and Performance Center (2013). This is her first book of poetry and she is currently working on a novel.
Author of many books for children, Shirley Climo has explored international variations of the Cinderella myth in her popular and carefully researched books The Irish Cinderlad, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski, The Korean Cinderella, and The Egyptian Cinderella, both illustrated by Ruth Heller. Ms. Climo lives in Los Altos, CA.
Ruth Sanderson is the author and illustrator of such beautiful children's books as The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Enchanted Wood, and Papa Gatto. She lives in Ware, MA.