The Wild Path – Book Tour + Giveaway

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RELEASE DATE: September 1st, 2020


The Line Tender meets The Secret Horses of Briar Hill in this hopeful, heartfelt story about one girl’s search for legendary horses and her quest to piece her family back together.

Twelve-year-old Claire Barton doesn’t like the “flutter feeling” that fills her chest when she worries about the future, but she knows what she loves: the land that’s been in her family for three generations; her best friend Maya; her family’s horses, Sunny and Sam; and her older brother Andy. That’s why, with Andy recently sent to rehab after a DUI, and her parents planning to sell the horses, Claire’s world feels like it might flutter to pieces.

When Claire learns about equine therapy, she imagines a less lonely future that keeps her family together, brother and horses included. But, when she finds mysterious wild horses in the woods behind her house, she realizes she has a bit more company than she bargained for. With this new secret – and a little bit of luck – Claire will discover the beauty of change, the power of family, and the strength within herself.

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My inner teen was SO EXCITED to get on this tour – I loved anything to do with horses when I was Claire’s age. Breyer, Grand Champions, Barbie horses (no Barbies though thanks), any horse book, and any horse movie. I LOVED this book, it took me less than a day to finish it. The Wild Path is so beautiful and realistic in its story that I don’t see middle-grade readers struggling to read this book. The Wild Path hits on a couple of tough subjects with Claire – her brother Andy’s addiction, his admission into the rehabilitation center, and Claire’s anxiety (sparrows).

While Claire is only twelve she is quite mature for her age and so is her best friend, Maya. The two are not the typical “tweens” that make me cringe. They are both smart, dedicated, and mature in the face of the obstacles they encounter within the book. The reactions and conversations held in this story are written in a way that lends even more realism to the characters. The supporting characters are vibrant, full of life, and contribute to the story in their own way – even the ones we see little of. It was honestly so refreshing to read a book where the character struggled with realistic consequences and feelings – how Andy’s addiction affected their family and Claire developing anxiety. Throughout the book, Claire slowly discovers the truth of herself and just how strong she really is. Many tidbits surround the impact of her brother’s rehabilitation and the wild horses Claire sees in the woods that I honestly didn’t see coming.

I could see this book being a fantastic buddy read for middle-grade readers and whoever they’d like to read it with. The Wild Path would be a perfect atmospheric read for September or October with the chill of fall creeping in. I would highly, highly recommend this book to middle-grade readers (and adults) who enjoy books featuring horses, bonds of family, and tough subjects. I’ll be purchasing a physical copy of this book to stash for my daughter to read when she reaches the middle-grade level. I would love to thank TBR and Beyond Tours, Little Brown Books for Young Readers (Little, Brown & Company), and Sara R. Baughman for the opportunity to read and review this book for the blog tour- all opinions are my own.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


Sarah R Baughman

Sarah R. Baughman is an author whose debut middle-grade novel, THE LIGHT IN THE LAKE, is forthcoming from Little, Brown Books For Young Readers in 2019. A former middle and high school English teacher currently working as an educational consultant, Sarah graduated from Grinnell College and the University of Michigan, where she studied English, German, and Education. Sarah is represented by Katie Grimm at Don Congdon Associates. When she’s not writing, she’s probably reading, running, or getting outdoors with her family.

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  • One finished copy of The Wild Path: giveaway ends September 22nd – enter to win here.

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