Finding Home Book Review & Book Tour Giveaway

I have been sharing several middle grade fiction books lately--and a lot about horses, it seems! My grandparents loved to read and, when I was young, I always tried to find books at the library that I thought they would like to read too. Neither of them would buy books or visit the library to check out their own, but, they would read anything that I brought home! Books about animals, especially horses, and books set in the old West were always some of their favorites. Middle grade fiction was always quick to read and generally G rated too! Today, I have another middle grade fiction piece in our book review feature. Check out Finding Home by Corrine Joy Brown with illustrations by Ginny McDonald.  What did I think of Finding Home?  Read my thoughts, learn about the author and illustrator--and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.

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
Content Rating:  G. There are no expletives, sex scenes or bad language anywhere.

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About the Book
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.
My Review
Finding Home is the Perfect Middle Grade Book For Horse Lovers.  Readers will love the writing style that gives both Curly Girl (the horse) and Jesse (the girl) a voice through the novel to share their unique perspectives on their worlds.  The illustrations capture the story and its characters so well with beautiful, colorful images.
Finding Home Teaches Life Lessons to Readers.  From learning about friends and trust to relationships and life--the book offers a lot of life lessons for growing children and tweens. It is presented in a format that is suitable and engaging for both adults and children alike.
Would I Recommend Finding Home?  I loved the book and I think it is the perfect book to add to your child's reading list or family book group.  Horse lovers will adore the story and the character relationships.  A great clean story for families.

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Praise for the Book
“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

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.

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