Blog tour : Finding Home /Intl giveway/guest post

Book Details:

Book Title:  FINDING HOME by Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  130 pages
Genre: General Fiction
Publisher:  Loose Cayuse Productions
Release date:   June 2019
Format available for review:  print, and PDF
Will send print books out:  USA and Canada
Tour dates: August 3 to 21, 2020

Book Description:

For every girl or boy who owns a horse, or wished they did, “Finding Home” brings all the drama and beauty of America’s wild horses to the middle-grade reader.
A coming-of-age story and a tale about friendship, trust and understanding, both horse and owner have powerful lessons to learn. Together, young Jesse Nolan from Colorado and her wild mustang, Curly Girl, rounded up in Wyoming, discover what it means to rely on oneself, as well as those who love you most.

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Advanced Praise :

Born in the flatlands of Rock Springs, Wyoming, newborn mustang Pahaska tells the heart-wrenching story of her separation from her mother and the wild horse herd she was born into. Captured by strangers, her entire world has disintegrated. Penned in the filthy, manure-filled confines of a horse hauler’s trailer, her life is changed forever. Finding Home, a 2020 Spur Finalist for Juvenile Fiction, is a brilliantly written story about the adoption of the mustang “Curly Girl” by a teen who has always dreamed of having her own horse. Ginny McDonald’s illustrations convey fine detail and emotion in the images of the horses, bringing each one to life. This heart-warming tale will appeal to those with a love for animals.” – Joni Franks, RoundUp Magazine, Western Writers of America

“This beautifully written and illustrated book will appeal to any animal loving young reader. Differences (equine and otherwise) are applauded, working through complicated human relationships, a philosophical, well balanced approach to difficult issues (wild horse roundups), and positive animal training techniques are included in this educational, riveting new book!” – Nancy Sachs, Director Platte Valley Pony Club

“To see the world through the eyes of a newborn filly as she grows into adulthood, or an excited young girl in search of her first horse, is a treasure found in Corinne Joy Brown’s novel Finding Home, a story of loss and recovery told in a brilliant way. The illustrations by Ginny McDonald help to refine the wonderful writing which places the reader squarely in the experience of Curly Girl and Jesse, her adopter. Finding Home is a wonderful story for our time, in consideration of the wild horses whose freedom is threatened across the West and the people who adopt the captured ones into loving homes.” – James A. Holmes CEO and Executive Director, Cherokee Ranch and Castle Foundation

My thoughts :

Disclamer :I received a complimentary copy of this book but I was in no way obligated to write a positive review.

I am going to keep this review short and sweet ( like this book ) and the post is also getting tooo long !!

Finding home is the first book I have read by these 2 authors.I am giving it a very well deserved four stars. I would love to read more by this author in the near future. I recommend it for younger readers, especially horse lovers.It was an amazing story in such a small amount of pages.The characters are wholly believable, and I had empathy for Jesse and her horse Curly Girl experience suffering separation from their families. Jesse family was broken when her mom and dad separated two years ago and During a roundup Curly Girl had been separated from her mother and other wild horses in their herd and taken to be sold at a special horse auction. Nothing really feels too unrealistic, overdone or clicheAll in all I love this book and would highly recommend it to any girl who loves horses and wants a new favorite book!

Guest Post by Author :

Inspiration for Finding Home When I met the illustrator of “Finding Home,” Ginny McDonald, I found a kindred spirit; a woman who loved horses as much as I did and who was deeply committed to saving our wild mustangs. The few thousand still running wild are in great peril. Ginny not only was a professional illustrator, but also the owner of two captured and rescued mustangs. She showed me a portfolio of drawings based on the first horse she adopted, an American Curly. (Its coat grows in like a poodle in the winter time.) I saw in her art work echoes of all the great books I’d read as a child by author Margaret Henry, now classics.(“King of the Wind”, “Black Gold”, “Misty of Chincoteague”). I was impressed. “Could I weave these drawings into a story?” she asked. “Give me a week to think about it,” I said and “Finding Home” was born. One of my favorite illustrations in the book was taken from a photo of Curly. In Ginny’s own words: “Curly Girl came to her first home in Conifer where I lived at the time. The paddocks were muddy after a snowfall the night before. The horse was clearly adjusting to her new life. While the water troughs were full, she stood by a pipe draining snowmelt from the roof. She closed her eyes and sipped, as if remembering what it was like to drink flowing water from a stream. A defining moment. She was revealing her story to me, one of many occasions, in which she would share her experience as a young horse in the wild. Most of the domestic horses at the ranch were geldings and were turned out together each day in a big pasture filled with pine trees. Curly Girl waited her turn and was let out by herself to explore. Eventually, two intrepid horse owners took the risk and volunteered their geldings for socialization. I was grateful for them taking a chance. When the horses circled around large troughs filled with hay at eating time, she walked off and pawed for grass and twigs under the snow. (Old habits die hard.) Curly Girl was a lead mare and exhibited her traits early on. She eventually got into a routine, knowing when it was time to come in for feeding. One foal, gangly and obstinate, always delayed. Curly Girl watched it with laser-focused eyes. The foal understood and hurried along. Other incidences based on her history made it into the book, including the panic attacks she suffered at the sound of whirring blades of helicopters in the distance, something only time was able to dull. ‘Despite all the challenges she and I have faced, she never gave up on me and I never gave up on her. We’ve forged a partnership of understanding and trust. I think that’s called love.” I feel so lucky to have met my new writing partner and her horse. I hope you can see why.

Giveway :
$15 Amazon Gift Card courtesy of the authors of FINDING HOME (1 winner) (ends Aug 28)

Are you going to participate in the giveaway ? Do you like horses ?

10 thoughts on “Blog tour : Finding Home /Intl giveway/guest post”

  1. What a great review! As the mum of a 10 year old pony And book mad daughter I am now going to order this for her. We are in the UK but she watches and reads a lot about wild horse and I think she will love this book. Thank you for the review.

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    1. Thanks 😊 this truly means a lot 💖 I really love horses but I live in the city and rarely go to the country side 😔 so glad I convinced you to get this book for her ! I am sure she will love it

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