Hey everyone! It’s time to kick off another exciting tour. TBR and Beyond Tours is so excited to be hosting the book tour for this beautiful middle-grade novel, The Wild Path. Make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour schedule (listed below) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom!
I were lucky enough to get to start off this tour with an interview with the author, Sarah R. Baughman.
This is your second middle-grade novel, what made you want to write in this category?
Middle grade stories are the ones that helped me fall in love with books as an independent reader, so I think writing in this category helps me reconnect with that feeling. I’ve written for a long time, and always thought I’d want to write a book one day, but I never knew what to write about until the idea for a middle grade story popped into my mind. Now, all my ideas are middle grade!
How did The Wild Path differ from writing The Light in the Lake?
The main difference was time.The Light in the Lake was sold as part of a two-book deal. I had already written the first couple chapters and a synopsis of The Wild Path, but I couldn’t take my time with finishing it the way I had with The Light in the Lake, because I had deadlines to meet for both books. Also, I ended up doing a full rewrite of The Wild Path– only after reaching the ending of that first draft did I realize I wanted to start the story in a different place. There was just a lot more work that had to be done under time pressure, which was challenging but also really enlightening. I learned a lot about the writing process that I’ll apply to future books.
The Wild Path deals with a lot of difficult topics such as addiction and anxiety. Do you think it’s important that young readers be able to read about harder topics like this?
I do. I taught middle and high school English for many years, and I know kids are dealing with difficulties in their lives. I believe they should have books that give them hope and help them know they’re not alone. In your new book, your character learns about equine therapy. Do you think there is a lot of healing that can come from animals? Absolutely, yes. I love animals and I’ve always had animals around me. Studies have shown that animals decrease anxiety, and that’s proven true for me as well; sometimes I feel like my dog and cat just absorb any stress I’m feeling right into their bodies, where it melts away. Horses specifically are interesting because interacting well with them requires a degree of confidence; they’re herd animals and prey animals, and their senses are so finely attuned to any threat. Because they follow your lead, they in turn teach you how to lead well. It’s so rewarding to have a trusting, understanding partnership with a horse.
We get to see mysterious wild horses in this story – I think we all would’ve loved to find something magical like that as children (or adults honestly!). What made you choose horses?
To me, horses just look magical, especially when they run. I’ve always been fascinated by wild horses–my dream is to visit Chincoteague Island one day–and it wasn’t hard for me to imagine that they might be hiding in the forest.
Did you have a favorite story growing up?
Since I’ve talked about how much I love animals, it probably won’t surprise you to know that an all-time favorite of mine is Charlotte’s Web. I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm growing up, and definitely imagined myself to be just like Fern.
Ok, I have to ask – what is your favorite animal?
Without a doubt: horses.
-ABOUT THE BOOK –
Genre: Middle-Grade Fantasy
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Published: 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 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-
Born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, Margaret Owen spent her childhood haunting the halls of Powell’s Books. After earning her degree in Japanese, her love of espresso called her north to Seattle, where she worked in everything from thrift stores to presidential campaigns. The common thread between every job can be summed up as: lessons were learned.
She now spends her days wrestling disgruntled characters onto the page, and negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. (There is surprisingly little difference between the two.)
Prize: A finished copy of The Wild Path (US only)
Starts: September 15th 2020
Ends: September 22nd, 2020
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