Meet Savannah from Racing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

Racing Savannah (Hundred Oaks)

Please welcome Savannah Barrow to the virtual offices this morning!

[Savannah] Thanks so much for having me here today! I don’t much care for being inside and working on a computer, so let’s get to it!

[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in five words or less.

[Savannah] Short, redheaded, courageous, bold, and silly.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share a typical day in the life of Savannah?

[Savannah] Wake up at 4:30 am, go to work at 5:00am – exercising Thoroughbreds, finish my homework while scarfing down cereal for breakfast, go to school (sooo not my thing), come home to work with the horses some more. And hopefully sneak some kissing in there somewhere!

[Manga Maniac Café] What three words come to mind when you think of Jack?

[Savannah] Determined, honorable, sweet.

[Manga Maniac Café] What do you find most exasperating about him?

[Savannah] How he acts so differently at school vs. with his family. When he’s around his mom and dad, he’s totally proper and gentlemanly. At school, he flirts, makes jokes, and laughs all the time.

[Manga Maniac Café] If you could change one thing you’ve done in your life, what would it be?

[Savannah] There was a horse I loved named Moonshadow. If I could go back in time, I would’ve fought harder to find a way to make her my own horse.

[Manga Maniac Café] What’s one thing you won’t leave home without?

[Savannah] A lollipop!

[Manga Maniac Café] How do you relax after a hard day working horses?

[Savannah] I love hanging out with my new friends Rory and Vanessa. Also, KISSING.

[Manga Maniac Café] Can you share your dreams for the future in five words or less.

[Savannah] Win the Kentucky Derby.

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

About the book:

Racing Savannah

By Miranda Kenneally

Sourcebooks Fire

December 2013

ISBN: 978-1-4022-8476-2

Trade Paper/$9.99 

Ages 13+

They’re from two different worlds.

Savannah has been around horses her entire life.  Right before her senior year, her father whisks the family off to Tennessee to work as head groom at fancy Cedar Hill Farms, a farm that trains horses for the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup. Savannah finally sees it as the perfect opportunity to earn extra money as an exercise rider—no matter how many others don’t want a girl around the barn. 

After all, she caught singlehandedly caught the farm’s most expensive new colt when it ran away from three grown men.   She also caught the eye of Jack Goodwin, the owner’s son.  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 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.

About the Author From gender roles, to parental expectations, to the influence of faith and the classic teenage search for identity, Miranda Kenneally isn’t afraid to take on all the hot-button issues of modern teen life. She is the author of Catching Jordan, Stealing Parker and Things I Can’t Forget, and is the co-creator of the website DearTeenMe.com. Miranda also writes and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest.You can visit her at www.mirandakenneally.com or @mirandakennealy.