Alexandra the Great

Alexandra the Great
Alexandra the Great

Alexandra the Great

The Story of the Record-Breaking Filly Who Ruled the Racetrack
By Deb Aronson


176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, PDF, EPUB

Cloth, $18.99 (US $18.99) (CA $25.99)

ISBN 9781613736456

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Mar 2017)


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Alexandra the Great tells the gripping story of underdog filly Rachel Alexandra. Despite dominating every filly her age, her owner refused to let her compete against male horses. When a new owner saw her potential and raced her against bigger, stronger males, Rachel Alexandra thrived and went on to win the 2009 Preakness, the first filly to do so in 85 years, and the Woodward, a feat never before achieved. A strong, muscular, dominating athlete, Rachel Alexandra epitomizes the “run like a girl” celebratory attitude toward girl empowerment today. Appealing to horse-obsessed upper elementary and middle school kids, Alexandra the Great is written in an exciting, suspenseful way and includes vivid details informed by the author’s interviews with Rachel Alexandra’s owners, jockey, veterinarian, and more.


“This fascinating book will have you cheering, pumping your fist, and holding your breath as Rachel Alexandra races her way into your heart and stays there. Perfect for young readers who love horses, and even those who don’t.”  — Maggie Dana, author of Timber Ridge Riders

“Aronson’s telling of Rachel Alexandra’s story proves that the best athletes can be role models, and sometimes those athletes need not be human to inspire us.” —Brendan O'Meara, author of Six Weeks in Saratoga

“This vivid, swiftly moving story showcases Rachel Alexandra’s heart, grace, perseverance, and sheer athletic power that earned her the love and admiration of everyone around her. It also suggests how female athletes can shine when given the opportunity to compete on a level playing field.” —Susan Richards, author of Chosen by a Horse, Chosen Forever, and Saddled

“A straightforward biography of one of thoroughbred racing’s greatest mares.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Aronson's primary and excellent research shines throughout the book. She knows how to both inform and fascinate her readers. This peek into the world of horse racing is a sure bet to please.” —The News-Gazette

“Whether a horse enthusiast or new to the sport, there’s much to learn from Rachel’s story.” —Booklist Online

“Bottom line: Deb Aronson’s Alexandra the Great is a good read--touching, suspenseful and uplifting—a tale for the ages.” —

"I highly recommend this book if you want a readable, action-packed and moving story." — 

Author Biography

Deb Aronson is the author of E. B. White (Library of Author Biographies series) and has written articles for Muse magazine, a science magazine for middle-grade readers. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.