Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race

By: Lara Prior-Palmer

At the age of nineteen, Lara Prior-Palmer discovered a website devoted to “the world’s longest, toughest horse race”—an annual competition of endurance and skill that involves dozens of riders racing a series of twenty-five wild ponies across 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland. On a whim, she decided to enter the race. As she boarded a plane to East Asia, she was utterly unprepared for what awaited her.
Riders often spend years preparing to compete in the Mongol Derby, a course that recreates the horse messenger system developed by Genghis Khan, and many fail to finish. Prior-Palmer had no formal training. She was driven by her own restlessness, stubbornness, and a lifelong love of horses. She raced for ten days through extreme heat and terrifying storms, catching a few hours of sleep where she could at the homes of nomadic families. Battling bouts of illness and dehydration, exhaustion and bruising falls, she decided she had nothing to lose. Each dawn she rode out again on a fresh horse, scrambling up mountains, swimming through rivers, crossing woodlands and wetlands, arid dunes and open steppe, as American television crews chased her in their Jeeps.
Told with terrific suspense and style, in a voice full of poetry and soul, Rough Magic captures the extraordinary story of one young woman who forged ahead, against all odds, to become the first female winner of this breathtaking race.

Author’s note.

ISBN: 9781948226196

JLG Release: Sep 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild sexual themes, Sexual assault, Strong language
Topics: Adventure stories , Memoirs , Horse races , Mongolia , Mongol Derby , Biography

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Book Details

ISBN

9781948226196

First Release

September 2019

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

B

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

288

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Catapult

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild sexual themes, Sexual assault, Strong language

Topics

Adventure stories, Memoirs, Horse races, Mongolia, Mongol Derby, Biography,

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