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Raja, Story of a Racehorse Paperback – December 1, 2011
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"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!"
"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
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Top Customer Reviews
Anne Hambleton writes from the horse's perspective, and her years as a horsewoman shine through brilliantly. I even found myself thinking more about my horse and his thoughts while reading this book. She educates readers without coming across as an instructor and provides exacting details about many different riding disciplines. Hambleton creates great empathy for the horses in the story and also depicts elements such as herd dynamics which are so important to understanding horses and their social make-up.
Margaret Kauffman's lovely illustrations complement the book well, and the text design and layout were very appealing. I highly recommend this book to both horse people and non-horse people. Hambleton's beautiful descriptions, excellent writing, exciting plot, and portrayal of many aspects of the horse industry create a wonderful read for all ages. I hope to see more from this debut author.
Author, Believing In Horses
In the beginning, Raja, a Thoroughbred colt born in Ocala, Florida, describes his childhood and how his dam was struck and killed by lightning. This caused him to be panic-stricken whenever he experienced a thunderstorm no matter who was riding him. A series of events causes him to be moved from the track to several different stables - some nice and some not so much.
Like Black Beauty, this novel explains the special bonds between horses and riders, the horrors of some trainers and the unfortunate truth behind horse auctions.
It was a delight to read how Raja met up with childhood friends later in life, both human and equine.
A great read for all horse lovers by this former steeplechase jockey!
Anne is so good at describing the many personalities of horses and all of us who live with them often take that for granted. People who know little about horses will truly learn more about their complex natures from this story.
This is a great book for any age reader. Excellent job, Anne! I
It's a dizzying account of just how quickly a horse can be cycled through homes and careers. Raja, a top-tier Thoroughbred, starts out with a promising juvenile career at Saratoga, but soon finds that a horse's lot is to be sold, and bought, and given away, and auctioned off, again and again, trailed by a terror of lightning bolts and a tragic sense that he had been destined for great things. Raja's black rain cloud follows him wherever he goes, and lets loose with the thunder and lightning every time things start to look up.
But you know what the t-shirt says: "Every horse deserves his very own little girl." Raja, the ambitious Thoroughbred who just wants to be the best, might have been looking for luck in all the wrong places.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author Anne Hambleton has given us a glimpse into the life of a thoroughbred through the horse's point of view in her novel, Raja: Story of a Racehorse. Read morePublished on April 18, 2013 by Cynthia Hudson
This is a great story about the life of an American Thoroughbred, written in a fashion similar to that of Black Beauty.Published on April 17, 2013 by formyponies
A friend who grew up around horses highly recommended this book for a young relative, and while it was in the house, I decided to give it a read. WOW, what a compelling read! Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Robert Allan
The story of Raja is the story of many thoroughbreds: hard work, the joy of the run, and a tragic end to the only life that the animal, owners, and trainers know. Read morePublished on July 23, 2012 by Mirrani
A great story of struggle, perseverance and renewal, similar to the epics War Horse and Black Beauty. An uplifting tale for anyone, not just horse lovers!Published on December 29, 2011 by amy woodford
I read an early, pre-published, edition of this book and absolutely loved it. Anne does a wonderful job weaving a tale of the life of an off track thoroughbred that is at times... Read morePublished on December 18, 2011 by AlexBrown