Friday, 31 July 2020

Pinto! by M J Evans + #Giveaway


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Book Details:

Book Title:  PINTO! Based Upon the True Story of the Longest Horseback Ride in History by M.J. Evans
Category:  Middle-Grade Fiction (Ages 8-12),  243 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Dancing Horse Press
Release date:   October, 2019
Content Rating:  G. This book is taken from the actual journals that were kept by the men on the journey. There is no bad language or explicit scenes.

Book Description:

In 1912, four men, calling themselves the “Overland Westerners,” decided fame and fortune awaited if they embarked on the longest horseback ride in history. Their goal was to visit all forty-eight state capitals over the course of three years and complete their journey at the San Francisco World’s Fair on June 1, 1915. Facing rugged roads, raging rivers, thieves and near starvation, the men went through seventeen horses. Only one horse completed the entire journey … Pinto, a little horse with a heart as big as the whole country! This is Pinto’s account of his arduous adventure.


Pinto is a fictionalised account of a genuine journey that took place across all the mainland states of America just over a century ago, in the years 1912 to 1915. M J Evans has extensively researched all the contemporary material she could find relating to the Overland Westeners epic expedition and chose to tell their story through the voice of the only horse to complete the journey, Pinto. I thought this was a lovely idea which attracted me to read the book even though I don't usually pick up middle grade books. In fact, I usually forgot all about my not being of the target audience because Pinto! felt just as interesting a read to me now as it would have done in my pony-mad phase several decades ago.

Pinto himself comes across as a memorable character. He is incorrigibly vain, but is also diligent and hard-working and manages to keep himself remarkably cheerful despite all the obstacles the Overland Westerners must overcome. In reading Pinto's words, his narration style sometimes reminded me of Anna Sewell's horsey classic, Black Beauty, so I was delighted to spot, in Evans' epilogue, that she had indeed loved and been inspired by that book too. I feel that Pinto! would be a great choice to gift to horsey readers of pretty much any age and the book would also appeal to readers of travel stories and light history books.


Meet the Author:

Award-winning author M.J. Evans grew up in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Upon graduation from Oregon State University, she spent five years teaching high school and middle school students. She retired from teaching to raise her five children. Mrs. Evans is a life-long equestrian and enjoys competing in Dressage and riding in the beautiful Colorado mountains. She has published fourteen books, most of which are fiction.

Connect with the author:  Website  ~  Twitter Facebook  ~ Pinterest Instagram ~ Goodreads
Tour Schedule:

July 27 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of PINTO! / guest post / giveaway
July 27 - Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
July 27 - My Journey Back – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway
July 28 – Splashes of Joy – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway
July 28 - She Just Loves Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
July 29 – Svetlanas reads and views – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
July 29 - Adventurous Bookworm – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
July 29 - Krisha's Cozy Corner - book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway
July 30 – Splashes of Joy – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / guest post / giveaway
July 30 - My Reading Journeys – book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway
July 31 – Literary Flits – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
July 31 - T's Stuff - book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 3 – Rockin' Book Reviews – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 3 - T's Stuff - book review of PINTO! / author interview / giveaway
Aug 3 - My Journey Back – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
Aug 4 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 4 - She Just Loves Books – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
Aug 5 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of PINTO! / giveaway
Aug 5 - Adventurous Bookworm – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 5 - My Reading Journeys – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 6 – A Mama's Corner of the World – book review of In the Heart of a Mustang / giveaway
Aug 6 - Blooming with Books - book review of PINTO! / giveaway
Aug 7 - Svetlanas reads and views – book review of PINTO! / giveaway

Enter the Giveaway:
Win 1 of 5 print copies of PINTO! or 1 of 5 copies of HEART OF A MUSTANG! 
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1 comment:

  1. Dear Stephanie, Thank you so much for you kind words about "PINTO!" It was a fun book to write so I'm so glad you loved reading it!

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