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"A standout story with a strong heroine and an authentic voice."

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Synopsis

Set in Central Florida, Clip Clop Chronicles follows the journey of Roz, a sassy, vulnerable, twelve-year-old, horse-crazy girl.  Roz is determined to make it to the top of the equestrian world - nothing and no one will stand in her way.  Not her arch nemesis.  Not the Florida thunderstorms. Not even her family, who thinks riding horses is a sport that Black people just don’t do.

 

When it comes to sports, her very large family shines in all aspects of track and field.  Roz runs just slightly faster than a snail. But riding? She’s a budding star. She has everything she needs to make it to the top: a twin sister who always has her back, a best friend who shares her love of horses and her own business to fund her dream.

 

Roz’s savings account is just shy of the amount she needs to compete in her first Beginner Novice event. When her lawn mowing business takes a hit with the latest thunderstorm, her journey turns into an uphill battle she was not planning for. It’s one obstacle after another including a bully begging for a punch in the face!

 

Roz feels like giving up. Until she finds the support and inspiration she needs from the place she thought she would never find it.  Her family.

Author Bio

Angelica Witherspoon-Cassanova is a Florida native who enjoys writing and riding. She holds a screenwriting graduate certificate from UCLA and an MFA from the New York Film Academy. She currently splits her time between Florida and California where she works in entertainment and volunteers with an equine therapy program for veterans.

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"...Witherspoon-Cassanova has created a cast of believable characters, led by the spirited and thoughtful Roz, in a realistic world founded on the importance of family, faith, and strength of character. She also draws on her own firsthand riding experiences and her involvement with an equine therapy program. Roz’s enthusiasm is contagious, her ups and downs are relatable, and the lessons she learns are delivered without preachiness and feel organic to the story. The story also deftly keeps readers guessing about how it will all end. The...sterling debut...will resonate not only with horse-loving tweens, but with any young readers who are determined to march to their own drummers."

 

"A standout story with a strong heroine and an authentic voice." -  Kirkus Reviews

 

 

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