During the summer Jenna kept on hounding me, “When is the next reading club?”
Not until September.
I LOVE the line-up of books we get to read this year. I’ve actually read half of them already.
Our first meeting was last night. We had checked the book out just the week before. Fortunately for us, it was easy reading and we had finished the book on Tuesday morning.
I was happy as we read that what we read had historical truth – meaning the book “Riding Freedom’ I did not realize until just before the last two chapters that Pam Munoz Ryan had written this historical fiction about Charlotte Darkey Parkhurst or one-eyed Charley –
Charlotte was an orphan who lived at a poorhouse along with several other orphans – all male. Charlotte was needed in the kitchen and those in charge made certain that there would never be an opportunity for her to be adopted. When Charlotte’s best friend, Hayden, is adopted, she decides to run away.
The story takes place in the mid 1800’s when women didn’t travel alone and were not given the right to vote among other things. Charlotte disguised herself as a boy and worked like a boy and eventually would pass herself off as the greatest stage driver and vote as a man.
After the story is an account of the real Charlotte or Charles Darkey Parkhurst – which is the name she used on the registrar to vote – over 50 years before women were allowed to vote. It was not discovered until after her death that she was indeed female.
Next month’s book is ‘The Great Ivan” – which we’ve already read. You can read some of my review on this post.