Hey friends! I have a fun middle grade fantasy to share with you all today 🙂 So keep reading to learn more about the Wild Path by Sarah R Baughman!
About the Book:
The Line Tender meets The Secret Horses of Briar Hillin 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 bitmore 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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About the Author:
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.
I had no expectations going into The Wild Path, but I definitely didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did! It was so adorable, and my horse loving, 5th grade me would have obsessed over this book for weeks after I read it. This was such a cute book that younger me would have absolutely fell in love with! If you have a young reader in your life, I definitely recommend The Wild Path for them!
Things I liked:
- I loved all the ghost horses and the slight magical element incorporated throughout the book. There is also a mystery involving a boy from long ago, and most seriously it deals with a family members addiction. I love how the author weaved in all these complex but digestible issues for a younger audience. Nothing is sugar-coated and no one is happy with the situation they are faced with. But they must move on any way they can. It made The Wild Path feel so authentic and lovable.
- I also think this is the perfect fall read! The cover definitely conveys the autumn vibe, but all the forest/woodland imagery really tickled my love for all things fall. It’s the perfect read for September.
- The HORSES! I was a major horse girl when I was younger and I was not ashamed of it! I loved all the wild and ghost like horses that Claire bonds with throughout the book, and I would have definitely wished I was her when I was younger. Whenever Claire needs a reset, she knows to get out with her horses into the forest. She finds calm in the trails and trees and it’s beautiful to behold.
- I also loved learning more about horses and equestrian therapy that was included
- I also loved the friendship Claire developed with Maya. It was so sweet to read. And while they had their fights, both girls always made up in the end.
Overall, this was such a cute book that younger me would have absolutely fell in love with! If you have a young reader in your life, I definitely recommend The Wild Path for them!
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