by Ntozake Shange
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2003
List Price: $15.95
Format: Hardcover, 192 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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"Do you really think she rides with us, Lucie? I mean, when we want to win so bad we can taste it in the back of our mouths and our throats go dry? Is Mama watchin’ over us when it’s our turn at the gate?"
Annie Sharon and Lucie-Marie, daughters of two African-American rodeo stars, have been raised by their loving but remote father, Tie-Down, since their mother, Twanda, was killed by an out-of-control horse. The girls feel their mother’s absence terribly, especially now that they are beginning to get older, but Tie-Down misses her too much to talk about her. Now Tie-Down has started dating Cassie, and the girls resent her intrusion into their lives. But after a close call at the rodeo, it is Cassie who finally brings this family together.
- Juvenile Fiction / Family / Parents
- Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / African American
- Juvenile Fiction / Social Themes / Death & Dying