Local author Deb Aronson will be at Pizza M to sign copies of her new book and celebrate the Preakness: Alexandra the Great: The Story of the Record-Breaking Filly Who Ruled the Racetrack Urbana Event Details: Saturday, May 20, 2017 5-8 PM Pizza M 208 W. Main St. Urbana, IL 61801 "I highly recommend this book if you want a readable, action-packed and moving story."—SmilePolitely.com "Whether a horse enthusiast or new to the sport, there's much to learn from Rachel's story."—Booklist Online “Packed with action scenes, Aronson’s biography shows how truly exciting the world of horse racing can be, using the story of the record-breaking filly who beat all the boys.” —VOYA About the Book: The story of Rachel Alexandra—Alexandra the Great—is one of the greatest underdog tales in American sports. 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 Preakness, the first filly to do so in 85 years, and the Woodward, a feat never before achieved by a filly. Having grown into a strong, muscular, dominating athlete, Rachel Alexandra was named 2009 Horse of the Year, broke records, graced the pages of Vogue magazine and showed people around the world exactly what it means to “run like a girl.” Alexandra the Great gives young readers—horse lovers, athletes and anyone who loves a success story—an exciting and emotional look at both the humans and horses who pour their hearts and souls into the world of thoroughbred training and racing. About the Author: Deb Aronson is a freelance writer who specializes in stories about people and animals who have accomplished remarkable things. She is the author of the middle-grade biography E. B. White and a contributor to Muse, a science magazine for middle-grade readers. She lives in Urbana, Illinois.