Today my guest is Middle Grade author Donna Galanti with a new book in her series. Welcome, Donna.
Her mom’s a musician who must go on a European tour and send Sam to live with her uncle. When Sam arrives at her uncle’s home in Foggy Harbor, he’s not expecting her, and he isn’t very welcoming. This only makes Sam feel less loved and very lonely.
Fortunately, she’s a resilient girl and when she discovers a boy named Tuck and strikes up a friendship, her time in this sleepy little town becomes much more bearable. Then she makes a startling discovery, and Foggy Harbor turns into a magical place.
Unicorn Island is a delightful story that young readers will fall in love with. There are—of course— unicorns, a friendly wyvern and a friendship that makes Sam happy at last. However, don’t think this is The End because when we leave the island, something quite dark and dangerous appears. We won’t find out what until the next book arrives.
At the back of the book, it was interesting to some history and facts about the Carolinas, the region where this book is set. The author also includes some information about unicorns, wyverns, pirates who used to sail the southern coastline. Some great teacher resources.
Grade Level: 4 – 6
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (February 9, 2021)
Reading level: 8 – 12 years
Where book is available: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Unicorn-Island/Donna-Galanti/Unicorn-Island/9781524864705
On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54335181-unicorn-island
Donna’s website: https://www.donnagalanti.com/
UNICORN ISLAND GIVEAWAY
Please see the link and HTML code and link to the Unicorn Island giveaway. This runs February 9th at 12a.m. through February 15th at 11:45p.m. USA and Canada only. I always provide both the code and link in case you can’t add in the code to your site:
The Unicorn Island Prize Package includes:
$25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card
Unicorn LED night light and key chain
Unicorn stickers, 2 pencils, 2 erasers
Bookmarks and autographed bookplate
I’m the author of the middle grade adventure Joshua and The Lightning Road, which the Midwest Book Review called, “A heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish”. I’m also the author of the follow up, Joshua and the Arrow Realm, and the bestselling paranormal suspense Element Trilogy for adults. In addition, I write the popular Unicorn Island series for Epic, the leading digital platform for kids 12 and under. I’m also a writing contest judge at NYC Midnight and regularly present as a guest author at schools.
I love teaching at writing conferences on marketing and craft, am the creator of several online courses for writers at Udemy, and a member of the blog, From the Mixed-Up Files of Middle Grade Authors. When I’m not writing you can find me on Twitter or Facebook where I love to share all things about outdoor adventures and children’s books. I’ve lived from England as a child, to Hawaii as a U.S. Navy photographer, and have had a long career in corporate marketing. I’m represented by Liza Fleissig with the Liza Royce Agency in NYC. Visit me at donnagalanti.com.