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Racing Savannah + Miranda Kenneally Guest Post

Racing Savannah
By Miranda Kenneally
Sourcebooks, 2013
Audience: Older Teens
Source: E-Galley

Miranda Kenneally does it again! Honestly, I know nothing about horses. I’m not a horse book person. The only horse book that I read was The Scorpio Races. I really loved it, too. Maybe I should start reading them? Because I really liked Racing Savannah. I think it’s my favorite of Kenneally’s. They just keep getting better!

The best part of this book was how strong the main character was. She went after what she want, she thought of her family and she demanded to be treated with respect in her relationships. Another part I liked was how we found out more about Jordan and Parker. That’s really fun. Make sure you read the beginning of the acknowledgements section!

Also, I got to ask her a blog question! I was SO EXCITED and honored! Here’s her guest post:

Question: All of your books so far feature female teens in sports. What role did sports play in your teen years and why do you choose to include it as a major part of your books?

Thanks for having me here today! So, before I started writing this post, I said to my husband: "Why did I decide to start writing about sports again?" 

And he said: "Because you like guys in football pants?"
That made me laugh. Yes, guys in football pants are a huge plus, but I decided to write about sports because they were an integral part of my life growing up and I believe they help us develop good relationship habits for adulthood. 

As a little girl, I played softball and soccer, and as I went on to high school, I played soccer and managed the boys' soccer team (I could write a whole novel on those experiences!). I am cringing sitting here thinking about how my best friend (another manager) and I went up to the soccer captain and used cheesy pick-up lines on him. Stuff like: we'd lick our finger, touch his shirt and say, "Oh my, let's get you out of those wet clothes!" 

My favorite thing about sports is being part of a team. Being on a team makes you responsible to others - you have to work hard or you'll let your team down. I also have a great time showing the camaraderie between teammates. Being on a team definitely helped prepare me for my first job, and even today after I've been in the workforce for 10 years, I still work on teams all the time. I think it's important to show teens that if you work together, you can accomplish more than you would on your own.

Did you play any sports in high school? What are your favorite memories? 

I’m a very un-athletic person, so I didn’t play sports in high school. I figure skated in grade school and junior high. I had to quit because it was too expensive and time consuming. I’m not a big sports person in general and I never read sports books, so it’s a big deal that I’ve read every single book of yours. I can’t wait for the next one!

Thank you SO MUCH for being a part of my blog! 

Everyone, make sure to read Miranda Kenneally’s books!

Here’s more about Racing Savannah from Goodreads:
They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…