Gigi is a longtime friend of Fountain, and we're excited to celebrate the August release of her new book! And what better place than Maymont?
A sequel to "Chancey of the Maury River, " this heart-tugging story focuses on Macadoo, the gentle giant of the Maury River Stables. When Macadoo is just a colt, he challenges his father, a huge Belgian stallion, in order to protect his dam. From that moment on, Mac knows that his purpose in life is to help others.
From surviving a kill auction to learning how to be a vaulting horse to giving therapeutic riding lessons, Mac is always patient and never loses hope in his mission to serve others -- and he finds the courage to "walk on" through even the most difficult circumstances. Told with insight and compassion from Macadoo’s point of view, this is a story that all horse lovers will cherish.
Gigi Amateau's first book for young adults, Claiming Georgia Tate, was published by Candlewick Press in 2005. That title was selected as a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age and hailed by author Judy Blume: "It's rare and exciting to discover a talented new writer like Gigi Amateau." The Wall Street Journal called the book "an ambitious push into the young adult market."
She is also the author of A Certain Strain of Peculiar, a Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year, and Chancey of the Maury River, A William Allen White Masters list title for grades 3-5. Come August, Come Freedom, her first work of historical fiction, was selected by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as a Fall 2012 Okra Pick and chosen by Bank Street College as a Best Children’s Book of the Year. In 2012, Gigi received a Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts from Richmond magazine.Gigi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in urban studies and planning from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), and has worked in the health and human services sector for more than twenty years. Born in northeastern Mississippi in 1964, she was raised in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and lives with her husband and daughter in the city of Richmond. She loves reading about the Early Republic era in American history, riding horses in the mountains, gardening with native plants, birding, and watching VCU basketball.