|Plot Summary of To Race a Dream|
|"Theo is a thoughtful fifteen year-old girl with a penchant for writing and an overwhelming desire to race horses. As a young woman in the 1930s, however, Theo has little hope of achieving this dream. Theo relishes the location of her new home, which is right near the racetrack where the celebrity horse Dan Patch trains at the ranch of the mythical Mr. Savage. The family has recently moved to this small town in order to be closer to Theo's sister, Claudia. Claudia, unlike Theo, has every hope of realizing her dream of becoming a professional violinist. Theo can't help but feel that her family continually looks through her rather than acknowledge her own talents and needs.
As the school year draws to a close, Theo becomes close to Carl, a young Sweedish immigrant with a job on Mr. Savage's ranch. Carl admires Theo's writing and her passion for horses, and encourages her to take a job with Mr. Savage. To obtain the job, Theo disguises herself as a boy and lies to her parents about how she is earning money. As Theo chases her own dream, shocking events impede Claudia's pursuit of her own passion. As Theo comes to terms with her sister, she begins to fall in love with Carl, and watches her own dream change shape even as she chases it.
Katy, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of To Race a Dream|
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- Age 11-14
- a teen
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- White (American)
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- hard edged
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- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
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- an above average amount
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- 7 ()
- lot of descript of animal care
- mostly 3rd
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- no torture/death
- a lot of stream of consciousness
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- significantly more descript than dialog
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