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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Twig is an unwanted child. When she was caught in the wrong plac

Twig is an unwanted child. When she was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is sent to a pony ranch for troubled young ladies. Located on an old, seemingly haunted island, Twig is sure something is out there. But one night, when the cry of a horse wakes her...
Twig is an unwanted child. When she was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, she is sent to a pony ranch for troubled young ladies. Located on an old, seemingly haunted island, Twig is sure something is out there. But one night, when the cry of a horse wakes her, she finds something amazing. A unicorn who had just given birth to a beautiful, silver-white baby pony. With a horn. And cloven hooves. Now Twig is 100% sure this island is hiding something...but what? Can Twig keep this beautiful baby safe and cared for when dangerous threats surround the ranch? Twig is a cute main character, with a few mysteries about her. A girl with divorced parents can relate to Twig. Twig's story is placed in a fantasy book that has an interesting twists and turns in the plot. Annoying? No. It was cute, quick and quirky. In the first chapter, Twig refers to the island the pony ranch is on as a "haunted island" and that draws you in. So no, it wasn't boring in the start. Or in the end. Or in any place for that matter. The ending was ok, not the best I've ever read, but totally not the worst. It didn't leave me thinking about things, but didn't leave you hanging there like "What the heck was that?" It was ok. R. R. Russell is a good author. I probably read other books by her in the summer, when I have time to read more and have absolutely nothing else to do. The flow was great, going slow enough to include good details, but fast enough for you not to skip ahead because if too many boring, unimportant details. Wonder Light: Unicorns of The Mist is a great book for kids ages 9-13.

posted by majibookshelf on June 2, 2013

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2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Most children love unicorns.  I know I did (I blame My Little Po

Most children love unicorns.  I know I did (I blame My Little Pony). I loved reading horse-themed books growing up, and would have loved a book for older kids centered around unicorns. There's certainly an audience for WONDER LIGHT: Unicorns of the Mist.  There are unic...
Most children love unicorns.  I know I did (I blame My Little Pony). I loved reading horse-themed books growing up, and would have loved a book for older kids centered around unicorns. There's certainly an audience for WONDER LIGHT: Unicorns of the Mist.  There are unicorns, but not quite like any you've encountered before.  There's also mystery and intrigue, since the island may or may not be haunted. Certainly something for everyone!




Twig arrives on Lonehorn Island feeling alone and miserable.  She's to live out the next year with the Murley family and other troubled girls after an incident that occurred back home.  At first, she's scared of the horse she's assigned and not thrilled with the prospect of doing chores such as mucking out his stall. She's also scared by the surrounding woods.  On the way onto the island, she saw a ghost boy lurking in the mist.  One night, she can't sleep, and she sees him again.  And he's dropped off a horse about to go into labor.  Twig later finds out the truth about the boy, the unicorn masquerading as a horse, and so much more. Her life will never be the same again, especially when she finds out that the fate of the island and its mysterious unicorns may be in her hands.




Russell builds a great environment as a safe haven for troubled girls. The island and its inhabitants are just what Twig needs to come out of her shell and start blossoming in a way she couldn't in the past.  Twig's home life was far from perfect, and it's easy to sympathize with her.  The unicorn lore found in WONDER LIGHT is intriguing and unique.  They aren't the magical beings everyone thinks them to be, and they're also more wild and vicious than they appear. This is definitely a fantasy novel for older children who want more than the traditional unicorns they grew up with, but still covet the whimsy of fantasy they bring to a story.   Readers will want to be in Twig's shoes, experiencing much of her adventure first-hand.

posted by Bonnie_W on June 25, 2013

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