The Ride by Kitty Griffin
The Legend of Betsy Dowdy

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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.

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.
 

About Kitty Griffin

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Kitty Griffin was born in Germany and adopted by Americans.  She has traveled from one end of the USA to the other, living at twenty-eight different “permanent” addresses, with much of her childhood spent in Virginia. She has worked as a counselor, a mailman, a waitress, a secretary, and, of course, as a children’s book author.  She teaches in the MFA Writing for Children program at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA.  She lives in Washington County, Pennsylvania with her husband and assorted furry friends. She can also be found at www.kittygriffin.com. Marjorie Priceman has won Caldecott Honors for her illustrations in ZIN! ZIN! ZIN! A VIOLIN by Lloyd Moss and HOT AIR: THE (MOSTLY) TRUE STORY OF THE FIRST HOT-AIR BALLOON RIDE, which she also wrote.  She lives in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.  
 
Published August 31, 2010 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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It’s 1775 and the people of North Carolina want freedom from England’s rule, but “[w]hen sixteen-year-old Betsy Dowdy heard Papa talk about war approaching, she felt as helpless as a ghost crab skittering along the sand.” The legendary Betsy of Currituck (her existence has never been proven) isn’...

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Swirls of deep royal and swaths of magenta evoke the eerie nighttime setting ("Through the trees Betsy saw moonlight reflect off a pair of staring eyes.

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