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The Ride: The Legend of Betsy Dowdy

One brave girl, one strong pony, one desperate ride to deliver a crucial message that would change the course of American history. Betsy is the girl power answer to Paul Revere as she rides through the night to alert Colonial troops of an impending attack on the barrier island of Currituck, NC.

Repeated for over two hundred years as an oral tradition, the legend of Betsy Dowdy is a classic American tale of a girl who simply believed she could be free. Inspired by the danger and daring of this ordinary North Carolinian girl, The Ride is a story about stepping up to help the cause you believe in, doing even what little you can, and building the United States of America.

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"Griffin's writing is nicely paced, galloping along much as Bess does. Priceman's signature swirling backgrounds and slightly off-kilter perspectives also help maintain the dramatic tension. This riveting read-aloud captures the spirit and determination of that journey to liberty fought so long ago." -- School Library Journal

"Deep night colors, with flashes of orange, swirl with intensity, capturing well the danger, exhaustion, and grit it took to keep going. Perhaps not real, but rousing." -- Booklist

Product Details

Recommended Age 4 - 8
Author Kitty Griffin
Illustrator Marjorie Priceman
ISBN 1416928162
Publication Date Aug 31, 2010
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Language English