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