"RAJA is a very, very good book. It's definitely one of my favorite horse books - and I have read a lot of them! It's heartbreaking at times but also wonderful at others. I couldn't put it down. I would definitely recommend it!"
HorseCrazyGirls.com "This book is full of heart. I got swept up in the story and the world of racing and show jumping and steeplechase, and couldn't put it down. Hambleton evokes the smells, the countryside, the thrills and the colorful characters with a vivid and knowing pen." Peter Heller, author of Kook and The Whale Warriors An outstanding debut novel for young people. Reminiscent of Anna Sewell's classic, Black Beauty, in its deeply felt narrative as voiced by a thoroughbred racehorse, (this novel) is written with empathy and a vivid sense of drama....a moving narrative that will keep fellow horse-loving readers of any age enthralled.
"In a quest to fulfill his destiny, Raja bounds from race-track to fox hunt, city police work, and steeplechase, in an adventure that slowly reveals itself to be a love story. Young equestrians will be thrilled by this fine story."
Alex Prud'homme, author of The Ripple Effect
and co-author of My Life in France
"Raja" is an authentic story. Anne Hambleton knows what it feels like to gallop down to the post and she conveys those sensations to her readers with a sharp immediacy that is certain to delight and enthrall."
Denny Emerson, Hall of Fame Three Day Event rider/trainer, Olympian,
Author of How Good Riders get Good
“Lifelong equestrian Hambleton makes an impressive outing as a first-time author of juvenile fiction, weaving her knowledge and love of horses, horsemanship, and the world of competitive racing into a moving narrative that will keep fellow horse-loving readers of any age enthralled.” —Kirkus
“A compelling tale of the courage and resilience of a great Thoroughbred, my favorite breed.” —Michael Matz, Hall of Fame show jumper, Olympic medalist, and trainer of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro
“An authentic story. Most authors haven’t ridden what they write. Anne Hambleton has. She knows what it feels like to gallop down to the post of the Maryland Hunt Cup, and she conveys those sensations to her readers with a sharp immediacy that is certain to delight and enthrall.” —Denny Emerson, Hall of Fame three-day-event rider/trainer and author, How Good Riders Get Good
“This book is full of heart. I got swept up in the story and the world of racing and show jumping and steeplechase, and couldn’t put it down.” —Peter Heller, author, Kook and The Whale Warriors