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Sam's Ride

by Becky Citra, illustrated by Amy Meissner

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multigenerational, farm & ranch life
5 of 5
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list price: $6.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
published: Nov 2009
ISBN:9781554691609
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Sam, a seven-year-old boy, is devastated when his mother leaves him for two weeks on his grandfather's ranch. Grandpa has a lot of rules, and Sam isn't happy about having to stay with him. But Sam's time on the ranch isn't all bad. He learns to ride a horse and also discovers some surprising things about his father, who died when Sam was a baby. When Sam is forced to overcome his fear of riding in order to help rescue Grandpa, Sam grows to appreciate both his grandpa and life on the ranch.

About the Authors
Becky Citra is the author of over twenty books, ranging from early chapter books to novels for young adults. She was an elementary schoolteacher for over twenty–five years and began writing for children in 1995. Becky's books have been shortlisted for and won many awards, including the Red Cedar Award, the Diamond Willow, the Silver Birch and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize. For more information, visit www.beckycitra.com.
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Amy Meissner currently lives and works in Anchorage, Alaska. Her two, bad orange cats keep her company in the studio all day long where she paints, draws, writes, cuts fabric and moves cats off the things they aren't supposed to sleep on. Creating art for children's books is Amy's favorite job, but she also illustrates for posters and articles. She recently completed an MFA in Creative Writing and has undergraduate degrees in both Art and Textiles.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
6 to 8
Grade:
1 to 3
Reading age:
6 to 8
Awards
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books starred selection
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
Editorial Review

"Filled with chapter headings, sketches, and a simple storyline. A great addition for an emerging reader!"

— Tacoma School District #10

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Sam’s Ride

Sam is not a happy seven-year old. His mother has left him for two whole weeks with a gruff grandfather he barely knows and a terrifying horse of his own. This seems like an eternity to spend at the ranch where his father, who died when Sam was a baby, spent his childhood. Things don’t always go smoothly as Sam gets to know his grandfather and learns to ride. Sam wears his father’s old boots and cowboy hat, rides the range and meets the neighbours. Sam struggles to overcome his fears and begins to appreciate life on the ranch. By the end, he finds the courage to respond in an emergency, helping his injured grandfather. Meissner’s black and white drawings punctuate each chapter.

Citra is the author of over a dozen books for children. A brief teacher’s guide for Sam’s Ride can be downloaded from orcabook.com.

Caution: This story references the death of a parent.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Sam’s Ride (Orca Echoes)

Sam, a seven-year-old boy, is devastated when his mother leaves him for two weeks on his grandfather’s ranch. When Sam is forced to overcome his fear of riding in order to help rescue Grandpa, he learns a lot about himself and forms a special bond with his grandpa.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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