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