- Title: Racing Manhattan
- Author: Terence Blacker
- ISBN: 9781783444014
- Page: 327
- Format: Paperback
Jay Barton has spent her life on the outside, being overlooked and mocked for her tomboy ways All she wants to do is ride her favourite pony, which belongs to her much wealthier cousin But then Jay shows a talent for winning the illegal pony races her uncle takes her to, and he starts to push her to take and risks At 15, Jay decides to run away, to live the liJay Barton has spent her life on the outside, being overlooked and mocked for her tomboy ways All she wants to do is ride her favourite pony, which belongs to her much wealthier cousin But then Jay shows a talent for winning the illegal pony races her uncle takes her to, and he starts to push her to take and risks At 15, Jay decides to run away, to live the life of a stable hand.Her fortunes are changed when she meets Manhattan a pedigree grey racehorse who has used up all her chances and is now neglected and despised Jay recognises a fellow misfit She fights to give Manhattan one last opportunity to show she is the champion she was born to be Together, they face a world of prejudice and cruelty and fight back the only way they know by becoming the best.
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I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback. Jay lives with Uncle Bill, Step-Aunt Elaine and cousin and 'sometimes best friend' Michaela and all she really loves in life is horses. Following success in the illegal horse tracks, Jay runs away from the home she never felt she belonged in and becomes a 'lad' in a racing stables. Soon Jay meets Manhattan, a grumpy no-hoper mare who just needs a little bit of love. Soon Jay and Manhattan a [...]
This very credible read feels as though it was set a few decades ago, but we are told that the racing yard shown is somewhat old-fashioned and more modern yards exist. Sexism and bullying are rife when a girl from a troubled background tries to work her way up from groom to apprentice jockey. A fine grey mare called Manhattan is just as difficult and will be condemned if she doesn't shape up and start winning races, as her Arab owner won't breed from losers. And our young heroine has a dodgy unc [...]
Realistic and emotionally-charged “Racing Manhattan” which I won through Giveaways opens when Jasmine (Jay) Barton considered her Uncle Bill and his family’s charity case and mocked at school as a “freak” for her tomboyish ways runs away from Coddington Hall and her skill at winning illegal pony races joining the Wilkinson Yard in Newmarket as a “lad” (a stable hand).Although bullied by the other lads, her luck soon changes when she meets a neglected cantankerous, and detested tho [...]
This very credible read feels as though it was set a few decades ago, but we are told that the racing yard shown is somewhat old-fashioned and more modern yards exist.Sexism and bullying are rife when a girl from a troubled background tries to work her way up from groom to apprentice jockey. A fine grey mare called Manhattan is just as difficult and will be condemned if she doesn't shape up and start winning races, as her Arab owner won't breed from losers. And our young heroine has a dodgy uncl [...]
Jay isn't much like the other teenagers around her, but she's uniquely good with ponies. Even as a Thoroughbred, Manhattan has never made a positive mark as a racehorse. The pairing of these two misfits will be a fight involving more than a racetrack in Racing Manhattan, a novel by author Terence Blacker.Well. Even with the "cheering" language in this book's official blurb, don't mistake this for a "cheerful" tale. Despite being a story of a young lover of ponies, horses, and riding, it isn't th [...]
Racing Manhattan is a young adult novel mixing the underdog story of Seabiscuit with hints of a modern Cinderella. Jay Barton is forced to live with an uncle she barely knows upon losing her mother to cancer. Her wealthy uncle introduces her to the sport of horse racing, where she quickly begins spending all her time amongst the horses. Feeling like the outsider, Jay runs off to become a “lad” taking care of the horses and learning the ropes of becoming a jockey. One horse in particular, Man [...]
There is something to say for reading a book where you know there will be a happy ending with all loose ends tied up. Sometimes, that is exactly what I need out of a book. That is certainly what I got with Racing Manhattan. Jay, the main character, was a delight to read about- watching her grow throughout the book as she discovers herself and grows stronger in her convictions. This is a classic coming of age novel and a tale of survival - not just for Jay, but for Manhattan, the mare, as well. F [...]
I received an advanced copy through first-reads.Where was this book ten years ago when I was a teen? Racing Manhattan is a great read for teens and adults. It’s nice that its surrounding a teen and a horse she believes in without having to have a love interest involved. I love that you don’t have to anything about horse racing to enjoy the story. I grew up with horses and was more into barrel racing in Canada so the racing scene was new to me. The terms were well explained and done in such [...]
Great story of a girl and a horse. I enjoyed the relationship she had with the horses. I worried for her as problems beset her. I couldn't turn pages fast enough during the races. I was glad to see her growth as a person and her development of a forgiving nature. A very fun book. I would highly recommend. I won my copy from LibraryThing and am grateful to the publisher for the gift.
Loved this book. Story great. Characters great. Writing very good. Is about a young girl who has had a struggling life. A horse who has had the same and headed for slaughter. Is about dreams and racing. You will enjoy this book. Thanks to .
Plenty of character drama interspersed with the racing horse drama. Clear voice.
This book provided me with understanding for my own astonishing mare, who happens to be just like Manhattan from the story.
I loved it! Nothing goes terribly wrong and all is settled well in the end. Might be to calm or boring for some but a nice, easy read. I loved the relationship between her and the horse; and how the yard stood behind her. There was a strong element of a fight for women in a mans world which was great and fit in well. The strong but quiet support from Mrs Wilkinson was lovely.
Straightforward equine tale of a girl and her horse, set in a racing stable.Lovely front cover.
Really good solid read. If you like horse racing you will not be disappointed.
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