Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand by Donna Galanti

Thanks so much to Donna Galanti for sending me the second book in this appealing not-quite-middle-grade series. 

Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand by Donna Galanti. Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe. Epic!, 2022. Review copy kindly sent by the author. 

Cover of Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand  by Donna Galanti, Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe.

Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand
by Donna Galanti. Illustrated by Bethany Stancliffe.

Epic! 2022

ISBN 9781524871970

Review copy kindly sent by the author. 

Sam’s adventures continue in this second book.  Sam is now happy living with her uncle, and especially happy with their regular trips to Unicorn Island.  She’s good friends with Verny the wyvern and Barloc, the young unicorn she helped save in the first book.  But the happy perfection is already cracking – earthquakes on the island are leaving huge cracks in the earth, while the unicorns’ beautiful horns are shrinking.  Can Sam and her best friend Tuck figure out what’s going on in time to save the unicorns?  Can Uncle Mitch (once again very grumpy in the face of these problems) open up enough to let Tuck’s veterinarian mother help?  This book contains a misunderstood monster, a big revelation, and hope for Uncle Mitch’s long-missing wife.  

Secret Beneath the Sand has even more to attract young unicorn lovers, as the magical creatures are present from the very beginning of the book instead of appearing halfway through.  The simple vocabulary, fast action, and frequent beautiful pictures in full color keep the story moving at a pace to entice newly confident readers, with enough plot complexity and emotional resonance to keep it from talking down to them.  This series continues to be a great choice for budding fantasy readers.  

About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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2 Responses to Unicorn Island: Secret Beneath the Sand by Donna Galanti

  1. donnagalanti says:

    Thank you so much for reading and reviewing Secret Beneath the Sand! I’m glad you enjoyed it. The illustrator Bethany Stancliffe did such an amazing job bringing the story visually to life. The final and 3rd volume, Beyond the Portal, is in the editing phase now and will be out winter 2023. Thanks again!

    • Katy K. says:

      It’s great to hear there’s another book coming out soon! And I’ve just passed my copy of this one on to a coworker’s daughter who’s just the right age to enjoy it.

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