* THE SHADOWED UNICORN was nominated for South Dakota's young readers' Prairie Pasque Award.
Do you believe in unicorns?
Brendan's older sister, Ami, insists that a dark unicorn is living in the woods near the old farmhouse where they've moved after their father's death. How are Brendan and his identical twin, Nick, going to deal with Ami's strange, obsessive desire to capture the mythical beast? This is a story about loss and the healing powers of imagination.
Here's what others are saying about THE SHADOWED UNICORN:
"As in Janet Taylor Lisle's AFTERNOON OF THE ELVES (1989) and Katherine Paterson's BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA (1977), a perceptive exploration of character is deepened by a haunting suggestion of fantasy."
"Youngsters ages 10 to 14 will be enthralled by this novel about a mystical beast and how it helps three siblings cope with the loss of their father . . . . A delightful and surprising ending."
"The story moves along nicely, the interactions between the siblings are true to life, and the pain of the fatherless children is real.
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"Welch's writing is rich with detail, including Ami's trancelike obsession with capturing the unicorn to deal with her father's death . . . And Brendan's search for identity."