Thursday, April 20, 2017


Suzanne Selfors recently shared some news that may make your heart giddyap and go-a-galloping--especially if you or someone you know loves horses. (*raising hand* "I do! I do!") DreamWorks asked her to write a novel based on an animated series they're producing!

The book's title is SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS. The release date is May 2, 2017. That's in twelve days!

The blurb:

Twelve-year old Lucky Prescott craves adventure, but as a young lady of society she's only been allowed to experience adventure through books. That is, until one fateful day when Lucky, her father, and her aunt leave their neat-and-tidy city life and travel to their new home out west--the Wild West.

At first Lucky is excited, but during the long train ride to her new hometown of Miradero, she begins to worry. What if she doesn't make any new friends? Everyone in the West rides horses, but she's never been allowed to even sit on one. How can she possibly fit in? Anxious about the future, Lucky looks out the train window and sees a  majestic wild stallion. When their eyes meet, she senses a connection. But when the stallion is caught by wranglers, Lucky's heart breaks. And when she next sees the stallion, he's tied to a post, refusing to be "broken in."

SPIRIT RIDING FREE: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS is the story of a girl and a wild horse, equally out of place in a strange, new world, but equally fierce and brave. With each other to lean on, will these two free spirits be able to find a home together?

The book received a nice review from Kirkus Reviews:
"...the fresh voice and unbridled enthusiasm of both girl and horse will inspire anyone dealing with their own isolation and teasing. A wild ride that will make spirits soar."

What an exciting project! I can't wait to read it!

Click here to check out the trailer for the animated series, SPIRIT RIDING FREE! I think it looks so good!

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Congratulations to the uber-talented Suzanne! Yee-haw!


Jemi Fraser said...

This sounds fabulous and full of joy! Thanks for the tip :)

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Jemi! You're welcome! I know, it sounds like a ton of fun!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Wow, she got to write a book based on the series? That's huge. What a way to make a splash with a book.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Alex! Right? I'm so happy for Suzanne. I love her books, and I think she was the perfect choice for this project!

DMS said...

I love horses and stories with horses. Sounds fantastic! Congratulations to Suzanne! :)


Dawn Simon said...

Jess, I'm the same way! I was majorly into the Black Stallion as a kid.

Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :)

Crystal Collier said...

How cool! I have two horse fans in the house so this is one we probably need to check out.

Dawn Simon said...

Hi, Crystal! Ooh, I bet your little horse fans will enjoy it! :)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Wow! What an amazing opportunity!

Dawn Simon said...

Sharon, it totally is, and I'm excited for her! I love her writing. She was an excellent choice!