Moonsilver (Unicorn's Secret Series)

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Heart Trilby has no family. She lives a hard and lonely life in the dusty village of Ash Grove — until she finds a scarred, skinny mare in the forest. Against the wishes of her guardian, mean-spirited Simon Pratt, Heart adopts the mare and names her Avamir. Heart is thrilled when she realizes Avamir is in foal. But when the colt is born weak and disfigured, Simon decides to sell Heart's beloved horses to be slaughtered by the town's soapmaker. Can Heart find a way to protect ...

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Overview

Heart Trilby has no family. She lives a hard and lonely life in the dusty village of Ash Grove — until she finds a scarred, skinny mare in the forest. Against the wishes of her guardian, mean-spirited Simon Pratt, Heart adopts the mare and names her Avamir. Heart is thrilled when she realizes Avamir is in foal. But when the colt is born weak and disfigured, Simon decides to sell Heart's beloved horses to be slaughtered by the town's soapmaker. Can Heart find a way to protect them — and the only love she has ever known?

Heart, a foundling who was discovered five years earlier wrapped in a unicorn-embroidered blanket, finds a pregnant white mare in the woods and struggles to keep her and her colt safe and well.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Heart Avamir lives a hard life in which she works barefoot in wheat and barley fields in a small poor town called Ash Grove. She discovers a sick and bruised mare one day, far away in the fields. After Heart lovingly nurtures the horse back to health, Heart's caretaker, Simon, is intent on selling the animal to the local soapmaker. When that dreaded day arrives, Heart takes off with the horse and its colt, Moonsilver, and flees into the dark, cold night. Determined to protect her charges, Heart discovers something amazing about the animals during her difficult journey. This book is the first in this fantasy quartet. Expressive black line art adorns several pages. The stark lines seem to reflect the harshness of the girl's condition and dilemma. The Unicorn's Secret #1. 2001, Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, $3.99. Ages 7 to 10. Reviewer: Adjoa J. Burrowes
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The first title in a projected series of beginning chapter books introduces reluctant readers to Heart Avamir, an abandoned girl with no memory of her origins, who wakes up one day in a strange feudal community. She lives with the hard-hearted curmudgeon who found her, but it is the neighborhood apothecary, Ruth, who names and befriends her. When the girl finds a wounded mare limping around untethered, she claims it for her own and nurses it back to health despite her guardian's protests that the animal would be better off sold for slaughter. In addition to the limp, the mare bears a deep scar on its forehead, which Ruth acknowledges but is a bit too quick to dismiss. Readers will already have guessed that the mare is really a disfigured unicorn and that Heart, who was found wearing a blanket emblazoned with unicorn figures, is destined to care for the animal. Duey uses simple but evocative language; few words are more than two syllables long. The text is set with wide leading and interspersed throughout with moody, evocative black-and-white illustrations. A cliff-hanging ending rounds out this portion of the narrative. This is a good alternative for children who have outgrown easy-readers but who are not quite ready for longer, denser works of fiction.-Catherine Threadgill, DeKalb County Public Library, Atlanta, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689842696
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Series: Unicorn's Secret Series , #1
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 463,151
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 440L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Duey’s works include the middle grade American Diaries and Survivors series, as well as the well-reviewed chapter book series The Unicorn’s Secret and its companion series, The Faeries’ Promise. She is also the National Book Award–nominated author of Skin Hunger. She lives in Fallbrook, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2008

    From an 8-year old's Mom

    This was an awesome story. My daughter always reads out loud to me. I thought it was a bit boring at first, but when we got to the end, she and I knew we needed the remaining books in the set! I can't wait to hear 'the rest of the story'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2005

    From a Reading Mom

    This is the first of an eight volume series written at the level of young readers who are ready for chapter books. However, it will also captivate older and more capable readers. Very rarely do authors writing for this particular reading level give the attention to character development and story-telling that Ms. Duey does in this series. This beautiful and fascinating saga builds to a surprising conclusion that will amaze readers of all ages. I highly recommend it for young readers to enjoy on their own or for families to read together aloud

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2003

    Great Book Auther!

    The book was so good I can't stop lookiing at it I can't what to get the NEXT BOOK! Siver Thread.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2003

    This book was the best!!!!!!!!!

    This girl finds a horse but end up not being one... a unicorn!!! This unicorn's horn got riped off I think because there's this big scar in her forehead. Advimir (the unicorn) has a baby... Moonsilver. Then the rest is a surprise for you!!

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