Grand Theft Horse
Gail Ruffu was a rookie trainer known for her unconventional methods and ability to handle dangerous horses. When she became part owner of an untamed thoroughbred named Urgent Envoy, everything changed. After Urgent Envoy showed real promise, her co-owners forced Gail to speed up training and race him too early, causing the horse to develop a hairline fracture. Refusing to drug the horse to keep it running, Gail lost Urgent Envoy to her partners, who pushed the horse even harder. One more race would kill him. When nobody heeded her warnings, Gail had to act.So on Christmas Eve, she rescued her own horse. A modern-day outlaw, Gail evaded private investigators and refused to give the horse up. Blacklisted by the racing world, she learned the law at night to take on a powerful L.A. attorney determined to crush her in court. As she stood up for the humane treatment of racehorses, she also faced down the system that caused their demise.In this gorgeous graphic biography, G. Neri, author of the acclaimed Yummy and Ghetto Cowboy, retells the life of his cousin Gail, a pioneer who challenged the horse racing world for the sake of one extraordinary horse. With illustrations by brilliant newcomer Corban Wilkin, it is a must-read for horse lovers everywhere.

Grand Theft Horse Details

TitleGrand Theft Horse
Author
ReleaseSep 25th, 2018
PublisherTu Books
ISBN-139781620148556
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Nonfiction

Grand Theft Horse Review

  • Shauna Yusko
    January 1, 1970
    Strong 3 1/2. Pair with American Phaoroh (Mickle) and Riding Invisible (Alonzo)
  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Perfect as a graphic novel this biographical story of "grand theft horse" rather than "grand theft auto" features a cousin of Neri's who cared for the well-being of the love her life, a horse Urgent Envoy, at the disadvantage of the justice system and other owners who wanted to prosecute her for stealing the horse away from mistreatment. It's a different side of horse culture, one of racing, but for Gail, one of love and passion. A female in a man's world. The bond between human and animal. I en Perfect as a graphic novel this biographical story of "grand theft horse" rather than "grand theft auto" features a cousin of Neri's who cared for the well-being of the love her life, a horse Urgent Envoy, at the disadvantage of the justice system and other owners who wanted to prosecute her for stealing the horse away from mistreatment. It's a different side of horse culture, one of racing, but for Gail, one of love and passion. A female in a man's world. The bond between human and animal. I enjoyed the action of the story itself, including the pacing and interestingly, the court case and prosecution. It's was just as much an element as the events leading up and after. Great illustrative style as well and a story that's true. Can't go wrong!
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  • Jim Morris
    January 1, 1970
    A real pleasure! An amazing story of perseverance unlike anything I have read before. This was a real page turner. I also learned a lot about the physical stress racing puts on horses so it was a nice learning experience for me. The illustrations were great (particularly the character's expressions),. The main character was fascinating study of perseverance. This held my interest to the end. I also enjoyed the photos and the afterward got my attention. I consider the time that I spent on this ti A real pleasure! An amazing story of perseverance unlike anything I have read before. This was a real page turner. I also learned a lot about the physical stress racing puts on horses so it was a nice learning experience for me. The illustrations were great (particularly the character's expressions),. The main character was fascinating study of perseverance. This held my interest to the end. I also enjoyed the photos and the afterward got my attention. I consider the time that I spent on this time well spent.
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  • Josh Newhouse
    January 1, 1970
    From FB: Horses make me nervous. Reading an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Greg Neri’s new graphic novel about the life of his cousin, the “notorious” horse thief... “Grand Theft Horse” made me nervous in a very different way... like all his books, the rich characters are put through the wringer, and like his previous GN Yummy, there is truth in the telling... suffice it to say this was a quick and engaging read... and it makes me think about horses and those who love them a little differently.. From FB: Horses make me nervous. Reading an Advanced Readers Copy (ARC) of Greg Neri’s new graphic novel about the life of his cousin, the “notorious” horse thief... “Grand Theft Horse” made me nervous in a very different way... like all his books, the rich characters are put through the wringer, and like his previous GN Yummy, there is truth in the telling... suffice it to say this was a quick and engaging read... and it makes me think about horses and those who love them a little differently... nice job!
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  • Melissa Orth
    January 1, 1970
    At first I wasn't sure I'd be interested in this graphic novel, especially as the artwork is sometimes difficult to decipher, but I'm glad I did. Readers will learn a lot about the horse racing industry and the ins and outs of California law as it applies to that sector. But at its heart is the true tale of Neri's cousin, a kick-ass woman who loves horses so much, she was willing to risk everything to steal a horse in order to save it.
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  • Michelle Glatt
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful graphic biography of Gail Ruffu, a dedicated horse trainer relentlessly fighting for more humane racing practices and to save her horse, Urgent Envoy.
  • ItsNasB
    January 1, 1970
    Nice story. Perfect for graphic novel format. It did what it had to do well.
  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I loved Neri's Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, and my students are even more drawn to it. So I was excited to get a DRC of this one. The story is pretty cool: a woman who believes in training horses the right way (no drugs, no whips) risks everything to save one horse. She becomes a wanted woman, loses her license and livelihood, and is labeled a criminal. The case even goes all the way to the Supreme Court. E Edelweiss+ provided me a DRC of this book in exchange for an honest review.I loved Neri's Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, and my students are even more drawn to it. So I was excited to get a DRC of this one. The story is pretty cool: a woman who believes in training horses the right way (no drugs, no whips) risks everything to save one horse. She becomes a wanted woman, loses her license and livelihood, and is labeled a criminal. The case even goes all the way to the Supreme Court. Even better? The story is TRUE--and based on Neri's own cousin!Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped. First, I'm just not that into horses. I'm always kind of turned off by horse stories, so I think that influenced me to some extent. Second, while I'm always a fan of high word count in graphic novels, the amount of narration here was almost distracting. Sometimes the pictures were just completely unnecessary, so I'm not sure the graphic aspect actually served to enhance the story. I think I would have preferred to just read it in narrative form. Finally, since I'm always reading as a teacher librarian, I just don't think this will appeal to my middle grade readers. The law aspects are most likely going to go over their heads and fail to engage them, and the jumps in time may confuse them.Overall an interesting story, but not quite what I was expecting.
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  • P. Trieb
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderfully engaging (and very quick!) read. Both the writing and the illustrations pulled me into the story of Gail Ruffo; horse lover from an early age who spent time and energy getting to know horses, learning to train horses and training horses...and then stealing back a horse who she partly owned in order to save his life. This book allowed me to feel as if I were speaking with Gail Ruffo herself, and that she was telling me about how wonderful horses were, and how dangerous bei This was a wonderfully engaging (and very quick!) read. Both the writing and the illustrations pulled me into the story of Gail Ruffo; horse lover from an early age who spent time and energy getting to know horses, learning to train horses and training horses...and then stealing back a horse who she partly owned in order to save his life. This book allowed me to feel as if I were speaking with Gail Ruffo herself, and that she was telling me about how wonderful horses were, and how dangerous being involved in horse racing in the U.S.A can be for the horse. The story and language and tone in which it was voiced was very compelling and I read the story in one sitting. I was very happy to discover that the book contained not only the facts of the story, but the motivations and feelings of the main character. Additionally, the story was followed by a few well chosen photos, and an afterward written my Ms. Ruffo herself which implores the reader to care about the subject and to encourage a solution to the mistreatment of horses in the U.S.A. racing industry, and allows us to know that the story of Urgent Envoy continues.
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