Blog Tour + Giveaway: Finding Home

Title: Finding Home |  Author: Corinne Joy Brown and Ginny McDonald Genre: MG | Publisher: Loose Cayuse Productions | Release date: June 2019

“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

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.

Buy the Book:
Finding Home
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My Thoughts: What happened to the horse books of my youth? I still vividly remember my sister being obsessed with horses for many years and reading any book with a horse on the cover. So I was thrilled to be part of the Finding Home blog tour and get a chance to relive those memorable childhood years.

With dueling viewpoints – one from Curly Girl’s viewpoint and one from Jesse’s – young readers experience the hope, struggles and ultimate joy of rescuing a wild horse and giving it a home. Nothing about wild horses is predictable (and the same could be said for tweens!), so following this pair in their struggles to bond was a rollercoaster ride of emotions. While Jesse struggled with her relationship with her estranged father and proving that she could be a responsible horse owner, Curly Girl fought against her innate urge to run free as she learned to accept the safety of a stable home for the first time. On another level, Jesse’s family is also struggling to rebuild their home as her parents have been separated for months. Through it all, Jesse’s love of horses and her commitment to help protect wild horses is weaved within the story and highlights an important, but little known, issue in America.

Finding Home is a classic coming-of-age story that focuses on all of the things that home can mean. It’s a lovely, quick-paced read with lots of intriguing layers to keep middle graders engaged.

Meet the Authors:
Ginny McDonald is an award-winning, professional Colorado illustrator and a longtime advocate for wild horses. She is the adopter of an American Curly mare, and more recently, a second mustang named “Lil Bit”. Ginny’s skill in the use of Prismacolor pencils brings this story to life with rich detail and heartfelt emotion.

Denver native Corinne Joy Brown is a multi-published, award-winning Colorado author, magazine editor and freelance writer focused on the West .” Recent publications include “Young Rider”, “Cowboys & Indians,” and “Working Ranch.” She’s also been a horse owner most of her life. Corinne is committed to teaching the next generation about the power of horses to teach and heal. “Finding Home” is her eighth book.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Facebook 

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2 thoughts on “Blog Tour + Giveaway: Finding Home

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