“Finding Home” By Corinne Joy Brown & Ginny McDonald

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Curly Girl

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.

Visit the Finding Home website at: Mustang Curley

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.

A poignant reminder of our shared responsibility to save and protect one of the American West’s most noble creatures – the Mustang.

The first book in a series by Loose Cayuse Productions, a new publishing entity by Corinne Joy Brown and illustrator Ginny McDonald.

“Finding Home” is a Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2020 Spur Awards

“Finding Home” is a Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2020 Spur Awards
Best Western Juvenile Fiction Category


“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

  • Softcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-578-46964-5
  • Size: 6″ x 9″