NC Literary Hall of Fame



Finding Her Spirit by Tracie Barton-Barrett

Kindle Direct Publishing
$15.99, paperback / $4.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-0997025941
January, 2021
Fiction: YA / Bildungsroman
Available from

"Ms. Barton-Barrett’s in-depth knowledge of horses and her personal experiences shine in this coming-of-age story. Finding Her Spirit is the balm for any teenage girl who has ever experienced adolescent pain and dreamed of having her own horse—and haven’t we all?"
—Padgett Gerler, award-winning author of Invisible Girl

"Finding her Spirit reawakened my childhood love of horses and had me cheering for Maren as she courageously chases her dreams."
—Heather W. Cobham, award-winning author of The Mother Tree

"Tracie Barton-Barrett has done something remarkable with this lovely book. She's captured the essence of childhoood dreams."
—Michelle Garren Flye, author of Sleight of Hand series

Packing for college in 1991, Maren Markey stumbles upon her old diary. Reliving moments from her past, she remembers weekend visits with her Daddy after her parents’ divorce, struggles with her new stepfamily, a new friendship, romantic interests, and a strong connection with a special horse. Through it all, Maren’s deep love for horses serves as a constant lifeline in her ever-changing life. Join the ride as Maren finds her Spirit.

Tracie Barton-Barrett’s passion for horses was born the moment she sat on a horse as a child. This life-long love deepened after watching The Black Stallion movie and learning about the incredible filly, Ruffian. As a speaker, counselor, former psychology teacher, and the author of Buried Deep in Our Hearts, Tracie is committed to celebrating the human-animal bond. A Michigan native, she and her husband, Daniel, now live in North Carolina and are owned by two cats, Bubby and Oliver Monkey.

Joomla Templates: from JoomlaShack