Project Description


Gabriel’s Journey

by Alison Hart

“These last few months have been an incredible journey for you, Gabriel. You’ve been a slave, a son, a jockey, a soldier and a savior. But your journey isn’t over.”

Twelve-year-old Gabriel is too young to join his father’s regiment, the fifth U.S. Colored Calvary of the Union Army, as a soldier, but finds a job as personal groom to Champion, the unruly horse that belongs to Colonel Waite, the white commander.

When the Calvary receives orders to join white regiments in an attack on the Virginia salt works, Gabriel gets a hold of a horse and a uniform and joins the troops. When his father and Colonel Waite are not among the weary and wounded who return from battle, Gabriel mounts Champion and rides to the battlefield in search of them.

In the final book of the Racing to Freedom trilogy, Alison Hart continues to explore the complex relationships of the Civil War. The result is a gripping story that vividly brings to life the danger and drama of a time when war and issues of race and freedom divided the country. Background historical material, photos, and suggestions for further reading are included.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-442-6
Publication Date: 4/1/2008
Page Count: 160
Size: 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $4.99
ISBN: 978-1-56145-530-0
Publication Date: 1/1/2011
Page Count: 160
Size: 5-1/2″x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-872-1
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.1
F&P: GRL V, Gr 5, Genre HF
Lexile: 780L
Themes: African-American History, Civil War, Horses
BISAC 1: JUV016140 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / 19th Century
BISAC 2: JUV011010 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / African American
BISAC 3: JUV002130 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Horses


“This fast-paced story offers discussions of slavery and freedom, Civil War history, and plenty of horse racing.” ―Book Links

“Alison Hart’s poignant end to the Racing to Freedom Trilogy provides a raw look into the African American contributions to the Civil War and the racism they encountered… For those looking for a great piece of historical fiction, I recommend the Racing to Freedom Trilogy. It is well researched and well written.” ―Boys to Books

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Meet the Author

Alison Hart is the author of more than sixty books for young readers. Hart was a teacher at Blue Ridge Community College and lives in Virginia.