Which grade(s) are most appropriate for teaching Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan? Explain.

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When selecting books for young readers, one must consider two key points.  The first is readability of the text (reading level) based upon the complexity of the words.  The second key point is content.  When considering content, the maturity and the interest of the reader is important.  In the case of the book Riding Freedom, many third and fourth graders can read the words and understand the main plot of the story.  There are, however, many underlying themes and historically significant references.  A younger reader may not understand the novel at the same level as a more mature reader.  The target audience for a book like this is grades 5-7.

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