Review: Wonder Light
Author: R.R. Russell
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Published: May 7, 2013
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered.Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for "troubled" girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.
Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.
A baby unicorn.
Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island's mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig's to care for. That she needs Twig's love and protection. Because there's something out there in the deep, dense shadows that's hunting for them...
Twig has stolen my heart. I knew this book might have me reaching for the tissue box after I read the summary, but I could not stay away. If you're thinking about getting this book for your child, I would recommend reading this book along with them. The girls in this story have a troubled past. Russell hints at their troubles without going into too much detail. However some children might have questions, and this book might help to talk about tough issues. But this book is more than that. It's about magic. It's about unicorns. It's about courage and not giving up.
Twig is taken to a horse ranch on an island she believes is haunted. She doesn't trust anyone at first. The ranch is a home for troubled girls, who all have the responsibility of taking care of horses. Twig is afraid at first, but she slowly comes out of her shell. Everything changes when one night she witnesses the birth of a baby unicorn. She's entrusted with keeping the baby unicorn safe as well as keeping its existence a secret. The mysterious boy who lives on the island is the only other that knows of the unicorns. Together they must protect them from the terror that lives on the island.
I was sucked into this book from the get-go. I have never wanted a character to succeed more than I do Twig. She is a well-written character that has many layers. Some still to be uncovered. I loved how her character opened up and changed throughout this book. Not only with Twig, but with the other characters, as well. This is a book I highly recommend!