Wonder Light

Wonder Light

by R. R. Russell

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ISBN-13: 9781402279904
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Unicorns of the Mist
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

R. R. Russell lives with her family in the Pacific Northwest. She grew up traveling the world as an army brat and now travels the country as a coach with a non-profit judo club. She loves to read and draw, and like Twig, once spent a lot of time sketching unicorns. Visit her website RRRussellauthor.com.

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Chapter 1

Keely turned off the ignition and pointed at the haunted island. "Well, Twig," she said, "there it is."

Mist swirled around the island in circles of warning. Spirals of rain and wind and secrets seemed to say, If you come, Twig, we will break you on our rocks like the waves. No one had lived on Lonehorn Island in recent memory, until the Murleys-and now a bunch of unwanted girls. Soon Twig would join them.

The wind whooshed from the island to shore and beat at the car windows with new fistfuls of rain. We are the Island. Leave us alone, Twig, or we will snap you.

Well, Keely would certainly get her way then. Keely said Twig's name as if she wished Twig would snap in two. Twig had liked her name, back when Daddy called her Twig as though he were certain one day she'd sprout leaves of pure gold. Now Daddy said her name like she was already broken. Now Daddy wasn't there, and Twig wouldn't be around when he came home.

A small, bright blue boat pulled up to the dock in front of the parking lot. A man in worn jeans and a dark green raincoat climbed out and tossed a line onto the dock. He paused to wave before tying down, and Keely smiled stiffly and waved back.

Then Keely looked at Twig, her resolve visibly softening. "Maybe I should come with you. The Murleys said it would be all right."

Twig shook her head firmly.

"Okay." The edge returned to Keely's voice. "Let's go meet Mr. Murley. Looks like he's got one of the other girls with him. Maybe you two can get to know each other on the way. Make friends." You'd better, Twig, her tone said. You'll be there for a long, long time.

Twig glared at the boat, at the small face pressed up against the window of the cabin. She got out and gave her car door a good slam. The rain lightened into fine, misty drops.

Twig ought to have been glad to get out of the car. The three-hour drive north along the Washington coast to Cedar Harbor had been cold and dark and quiet. But thinking about Lonehorn Island made her want to jump right back in the car and beg her stepmother to take her home.

The little island in the distance was one of many scattered off the rocky coast beyond Cedar Harbor, but it was the only haunted one.

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Robin Hobb

R. R. Russell's Wonder Light dares to explore a world where unicorns are creatures of wonder and power, and girls can find both strength and courage to be themselves. — Robin Hobb, International bestselling author

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Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
book4children More than 1 year ago
There are some really amazing middle grade books being published, and this is definitely one of them. I loved all the characters, but Twig captured my heart and I rooted for her throughout the entire book. When Twig arrives on Lonehorn Island at a home for troubled girls, she is quiet, antagonistic, and refuses to trust anyone. She feels like nobody wants her and she has a difficult time adjusting to life on the ranch. This gradually changes as she gets to know her pony, her roommate Casey, and her guardians, Mr. and Mrs. Murley. She grows over the course of the book and learns to open herself up a little bit. Of course, the birth and responsibility of caring for a new unicorn filly also helps the process along. Twig is a great character. She is a good friend to those around her and she works really hard at learning the skills she needs to help save the ranch. Skills such as sword fighting, and shooting a bow and arrow from the back of a leaping unicorn! Ben is another great character. He is mysterious and kind of spooky in the beginning, but he proves to be brave and stalwart in his loyalties and friendship. I started reading this book to my girls, thinking that they would like it. It is about unicorns, after all. However, I quickly realized that this is not a typical unicorn story, and was way over the comprehension of my five year old. So I finished reading it myself. I loved it! My girls would have loved it if they were older. This book is not just for girls. It is for everyone, of any age, as long as that age is 9 or older. You've never read about unicorns like this! They are smart and moody and quite dangerous, and if you aren't careful, they just might eat you.
Cheetah12 More than 1 year ago
Hey readers! If you like fantasy Wonder Light has it all including unicorns and newfound lands. Twig came to the Murley's house not impressed. Unwanted by her stepmother Twig was left there with a bunch of other throwaway girls not knowing what was ahead of her. Then a mysterious mare that is about to give birth is led into the stable by the ghost boy. Shortly thereafter Wonder Light is born and the mare runs off leaving the Murley's to take care of her. No one knows why the mare left... but Twig soon finds out. Wonder Light is a beautiful, haunting tale that talks about what love and loyalty are. I recommend this book to young people 10 and up because there are some scary parts in this story. I hope you enjoy this beautiful book by R.R. Russell. Cheetah-age 12
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KimberlySouza More than 1 year ago
“Wonder Light: Unicorns of the mist” by, R.R. Russell Twig is a girl from a broken home who is sent to a horse ranch for troubled girls. Once there Twig begins to notice some strange things happening on the island where the ranch is located. When she decides to investigate she finds much more then she ever could have imagined. To help save the island from a dangerous threat Twig will need to open her heart and learn to overcome her fears. Wonder Light is a very sweet and multi-layered story. It has a great cast of characters who pull at the heartstrings in all the best ways. This book has a very interesting mix of a coming of age story and fun fantasy that I found refreshing.  Some facts and favorite things: * The girl’s home is on Lonehorn Island near the Washington coast. * The other girls in the house: Casey (Sweet and young, she gets attached to Twig very quickly.) Janessa (A reformed thief), Taylor (Has a very tough exterior and doesn’t want to like Twig.), Mandy, and Regina also live in the girl’s home.    * Mr. and Mrs. Murley are the very nice couple who run the girl’s home.  * Mystery is a beautiful but strange horse that comes onto the property. Twig and the others decide to help her. * Keely is Twig’s stepmom and the two have a very difficult relationship. * Mystery gives birth to a beautiful baby girl. Twig names the little horse Wild Light but later changes it to Wonder Light. * Ben is a wild boy who lives in the woods on the island. He and Twig meet and become friends. Ben is a sweet boy and I just wanted to give him a big hug because he had been alone for so long.  * Ben has this cute bird named Emmie. I liked this little creature and for such a small part in the story it had a lot of personality. * Terracornus is the fantasy world in this story. All kinds of magics exist in this world and some of it is spilling over to ours. There is also an evil queen of Westland which is a place in Terracornus. * UNICORNS! Yes I said Unicorns. I love them and this book has plenty of them.  * Dagger is the very bad and sometimes exhibits cannibalistic behaviors.  * Merrill is an old friend of Ben’s deceased father.  Wonder Light is a fun read with some really sweet moments. This book would be a great one to read aloud to kids and I think the whole family will enjoy it. I loved the ending and I hope that R.R. Russell writes another book in this great world.  
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
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.
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majibookshelf More than 1 year ago
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.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars 'Wonder Light: Unicorns of the Mist' is a fun Middle Grade fantasy that follows our young heroine, Twig, as she is sent away to a home for troubled girls on a supposedly haunted island pony ranch. While there, Twig is woken from a dream with the distinct impression that someone needs her help. Following the strange sounds, Twig finds a baby unicorn alone in the forest. The island has exposed it's secret to Twig: it has the last free herd of unicorns on Earth. Along with the help of a mysterious boy named Ben, Twig must care for and help the unicorns before the dark shadows hunting the forest can get them. This was a truly mystical and enchanting middle grade fantasy novel that engages the reader from the first pages. Twig is a wonderful lead character. She's young, vulnerable and feels as though her father and his new family doesn't have a place for her anymore. She's lost, alone, and scared. We see her character grow and mature when she discovers the baby unicorn and the island's secret herd. It gives her a purpose and a secret all her own, which makes her gain confidence and inner strength. She's a very likable character and one that the readers can easily identify with. The setting of the book was a great one - the mysterious island shrouded in mist and secrets. It added a great tone to the story and made the adventure even more fun. I loved the plot of the book - I thought it was magical and interesting. Not just a herd of wild unicorn, but the last herd on Earth? The island and its residents all hold lots of secrets and the mysteries of the island were fun to discover alongside the characters. The writing was fast paced and had a great flow, which definitely keeps the reader engaged and eagerly turning the pages to see what will happen next. This is a great middle grade fantasy novel that readers of all ages will want to dive into. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was reviewed by me my library and i did it at bookclub. Twig went to an island with the murlys, and she first notices a ghost boy and then...FORGET IT READ THE BOOK!!! Click yes in the reviews if u injoyed! And like the book and author!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sounds magical want to read!