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Grades 4 - 8Grades 4 - 6n/a5.981137
When fifteen-year-old Rachel is forced to move to Boston in 1872, she is furious. She is also lonely, for her beloved horse, Peaches, has been sold. But Rachel soon finds a horse that needs her, and needs her desperately: The Governor's Girl, a famous firehorse, has been badly burned. Rachel gets permission to care for the Girl in a stable behind her house.

As she cares for the injured horse,Rachel dreams about becoming a veterinarian. But her father, a newspaperman, has very definite ideas about where women belong: only in the home. Father also has definite ideas about Boston's inadequate firefighting equipment, as an outbreak of suspicious fires erupts. To make things worse, horses everywhere begin falling ill -- and it is horses that power the city's fire engines. Another spark might send the whole city up in flames.

With cinematic vividness, Diane Lee Wilson brings the very real Great Boston Fire to life in this exciting and inspiring story of a strong-minded girl determined to decide her own future.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published on July 6, 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
ISBN-10: 1442403314
ISBN-13: 9781442403314
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  • charm
    charmTuesday, October 23, 2012 at 10:05 am55 stars
    Really good, never got bored when i read it!!!!!
    • morgan1999
      morgan1999Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 11:37 am
      This is a book is about a girl named Rachel who loves to ride horses. One day her horse gets sold. When Rachel finds a sick horse that needs help, she takes it in as her own. There has been strange fires in her town and Rachel and her new horse must find out what is going on.