TITLE: EMMA BROWN AND THE UNICORN HUNTER
GENRE: MIDDLE-GRADE FANTASY
Aurora Brown stood in the ocean, wearing rubber boots pulled up to her thighs, and surveyed the once aquamarine water with its curls of gray foam. It was just 18 days past January and the front page headline wasn't cheerful: Deadly Oil Spill Suffocates Marine Life.
Crowds of people had come out to help save the animals whose home was now invaded by the foul goo. Aurora's heart swelled seeing strangers united in this single effort. But still it saddened her that so few cared. There could be hundreds more who, if they realized how important a bird or a sea otter was to their children, could be there cleaning up the muck with the rest of them. Every time she saw a sick bird, Aurora thought of her secret past: when she lived in a place where phoenixes and griffins topped the endangered species list. Sure, the ospreys and ducks couldn't create fire or lift a tree with its own talons, but why was it so hard for so many people to see that they were magical in their own right?
With thoughts of her own childhood dancing in her head, Aurora looked for her daughter. Emma was 13 and completely unaware of Aurora's history. To save her life, that was the way it had to be. Sometimes Aurora couldn't help but wonder if the stars really were against them. For Emma had not only inherited her mom's chocolate-colored hair and her dad's violet eyes, she had also inherited her great-grandfather's peculiar way with animals.