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Grand Theft Horse Paperback – Illustrated, September 25, 2018
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"GRAND THEFT HORSE is a graphic novel to share, ponder, talk about, and love. Neri and Wilken have crafted a thing of wonder, brilliance, and beauty."--Andrew Smith, Michael L. Printz Honor and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award author of GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE
(STARRED) "The graphic novel world isn't full of true stories about nearly sixty-year-old, women of color who refuse to back down from wealthy, white men exploiting (and further corrupting) a corrupt system. Grand Theft Horse feels all the more timely and urgent because of it." - BOOKLIST
"The world loves an underdog and GRAND THEFT HORSE reminds us that underdogs can and do win. This will be a hit with animal lovers of any age. A phenomenal read-- I loved it." --A.S. King, author of Still Life with Tornado
"This riveting tale will provoke readers to ponder the ethics of our treatment of animals who suffer for human entertainment as well as the actions of a woman who broke the law to stand up for the horse she loved. A necessary tale." - KIRKUS
"Neri and Wilkin capture the amazing true story of an unsung American hero in Gail Ruffu. This is one graphic novel every horse lover should read. I couldn't put it down." -Brendan Reichs, NYT bestselling author of Nemesis
"A very entertaining blend of biography and comics and an inspiring story!" - Steve Sheinkin, 3 time National Book Award Finalist and author of Most Dangerous
"G. Neri and Corban Wilkin give readers a duo to love in Gail and Urgent Envoy and deliver a thrilling story full of suspense, hope, courage, and heart." --Gigi Amateau, author of Chancey of the Maury River
"Part Western, part Whopper, I can't stop thinking about this Wanted Woman with a heart for horses!"-- NAACP Image Award Winner Tanya Lee Stone
"Grand Theft Horse is an original story seldom told: of a woman who sacrifices everything to the matrix of capitalism, beaurocracy and incarceration in order to bring us closer to our humanity." - Tony Medina, author of I Am Alphonso Jones
"Through compelling dialog and expressive illustrations, this thought-provoking true story about Gail Ruffu's law-breaking attempts to save a beloved racehorse will leave readers pondering how far they would go to fight injustice and protect the vulnerable. A literary winner from starting gate to finish line."--Donna Janell Bowman, author of Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World About Kindness
"GRAND THEFT HORSE is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It's perfect. It was a gift to me in an hour of need." - Paul Griffin, author of When Friendship Followed Me Home
"This story grabs you straight out of the gate and doesn't let go until it gallops down the stretch to the finish line. Grab the garland of roses; Grand Theft Horse is standing in the winner's circle."--Eric Luper, author of Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto and Bug Boy
From the Back Cover
- Grade Level : 6 - 12
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Paperback : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1620148552
- ISBN-13 : 978-1620148556
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Publisher : Lee & Low Books; Illustrated Edition (September 25, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 12 - 17 years
- Best Sellers Rank: #400,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is one of those nonfiction/biographical graphic novels that make you angry. But it should make you angry. This is not a fun story. But it is an important story. Gail Ruffu went through years of suffering because she chose to do what she felt was right instead of what was easy. Her story brings to light some serious issues in the horse racing world's ethics and practices as well as the struggle for the poor to get justice when up against rich and powerful people. So this isn't necessarily something you pick up to entertain yourself or hand to others to entertain them. It is meant to inform, equip, and motivate...and just maybe help change the tide in the future. Sometimes those books can be too weighty and teens can't make it through them. Or they are dry as dirt and the pull to turn the page isn't there. But the graphic novel format of this book and Ruffu's story has the right balance. There's heft to the story but enough engagement and energy to keep the pages turning. There's seriousness and tastes of real hardship, but a dose of hope too. If you're looking for a powerful read about animal's rights or social justice for teens on up, this may be just the thing.
Notes on content: There's some mild swearing scattered throughout the book. No sexual content. Gail gets pushed around a bit at one point but nothing worse. Horse's legs breaking and other injuries are a bit described, as is putting them down in serious situations.