"Occasional violence, sexuality and Jack's extreme weight-loss efforts make this a more suitable read for older teens, who will find themselves thundering through the home stretch in order to discover whether Jack will win, place or show in this first-rate novel. (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
Fifteen-year-old Jack Walsh is elevated from head exercise rider to "bug boy," or apprentice jockey, after another jockey is severely injured during a race.
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