Riding the Devil
by Robin Radlauer-Cramer
Riding the Devil tells the story of José, an eleven-year-old boy living in the rich setting of a Southern California Rancho while California was still part of a newly independent Mexico. José dreams of being a vaquero, a cowboy. However, he must first conquer his fears by facing the injustices of his era, animal cruelty, wild animals, and the vindictive young vaquero, Chaco.