Free as the Wind is Jamie Bastedo's and Susan Tooke's re-creation of one of the most fascinating episodes in the history of the wild horses of Sable Island: the moment in the early 1960s when it was decided the horses would be removed and auctioned off, many of them slaughtered for dog food. School children across the country wrote to the Prime Minister pleading to have the horses returned to the island, to save them from certain death. This fictional account of that pivotal moment in Canada's history follows young Lucas Beauregard, son of the retiring superintendent of Sable Island, as he befriends and then plots to save Gem, one of the horses.
Jamie Bastedo and Susan Tooke à do a fine job here of recreating characters and landscape, and a moment in Canadian history
— The Globe And Mail"Parents, teachers, and librarians will appreciate the book for its historical relevance and for the lesson it teaches: that lobbying can result in effective change— Quill & Quire
Jamie Bastedo is an activist, scientist, environmentalist and writerwhose work for young people includes Tracking Triple Seven, On Thin Ice, and most recently, Sila's Revenge. Jamie lives in Yellowknife.
Susan Tooke is an illustrator and writer whose work includes B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, Up Home: A New Brunswick Alphabet, and Full Moon Rising. She lives in Halifax.