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Off the South Carolina coast, a young girl discovers a mysterious island full of mythical beasts and darker dangers.
By: Donna Galanti
Illustrated by: Bethany Stancliffe
Beyond the mist lies a magical secret waiting to be discovered . . .
From Epic! Originals, Unicorn Island is a middle-grade illustrated novel series about a young girl who discovers a mysterious island full of mythical beasts and darker dangers!
When Sam arrives in Foggy Harbor, population 3,230, all she can see is a small, boring town that’s way too far from home. And knowing that she’s stuck there all summer with her grumpy Uncle Mitch only makes things worse.
But when Sam discovers a hidden trapdoor leading to a room full of strange artifacts, she realizes Foggy Harbor isn’t as sleepy as it seems. With the help of a new friend, Sam discovers an extraordinary secret beyond the fog: an island of unicorns whose fates are intertwined with hers.
**NEW RELEASE** The next books in my Unicorn Island series, Secret Beneath the Sand, just released May 2021, on Epic! There are new characters, new creatures, and new adventures to enjoy! In the next part of the series, when a mysterious scourge spreads among the unicorns, Sam and Tuck must face a long-buried secret to protect the herd. The illustrated hardcover, that includes all 5 new serial books, will be released by Andrews McMeel in winter 2022!
There will be a third and final book in the Unicorn Island series! I am so excited to be working with Epic again to create volume 3 and the ending will literally BE epic! I’m already plotting the end (and new characters!) and can’t wait to deliver this final story. Watch for this story to come out in spring 2022 on the Epic platform, followed by illustrated hardcover.
Volume 2. UNICORN ISLAND: SECRET BENEATH THE SAND
February 1, 2022. Cover coming soon!
In Book 2 of the series, Sam and Tuck are on their way to becoming unicorn protectors when they discover new secrets about the island that threaten unicorns’ existence!
Sam can’t believe how much her life and luck have changed since she came to Foggy Harbor: First, she discovered that unicorns are real, and now she’s on her way to becoming an actual unicorn protector! With her new friend, Tuck, by her side during Uncle Mitch’s lessons, Sam finally feels like she’s home.
But as the long-buried dangers of Unicorn Island begin to surface and a mysterious scourge spreads throughout the herd, Sam learns the truth behind Aunt Sylvie’s disappearance and her own connection to the island. With determination, courage, and fierce loyalty to one another—and to their code as unicorn protectors—the kids set out to protect the island’s secrecy and the unicorns’ very existence.
Get access here to the entire Unicorn Island series at the award-winning, leading digital library for kids: https://www.getepic.com/!
Unicorn Island Interviews and Reviews:
Listen to me talk on Teaching Books blog tour about the backstory of Unicorn Island, how my childhood helped me write magical stories, and hear me read an excerpt! Plus, there’s a fun recording of my name and what I think of it. And I share a writing prompt and more!
I share behind scenes ideas of Unicorn Island on Reading With Your Kids Podcast.
Review by Reader Views Kids. “Things were so exciting I couldn’t wait to keep reading to find out what would happen next!”
5 Things to Like About Unicorn Island with Always in the Middle book blog. “Will for sure capture your imagination.”
Read an excerpt of Unicorn Island on The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow plus a review. “Anyone who enjoys magic will fall right into this story.”
A fun interview plus 3 fun facts about unicorns on Word Spelunking book blog!
Interview plus review on Geo Librarian blog. Find out my favorite part of writing! “A fun fantasy book .”
Review of Unicorn Island on Fundimental book blog. “A beautifully written coming of age fantasy.”