Wonderlight by R.R. Russell


Deep in the heart of a mist-shrouded island, an impossible secret is about to be discovered. 

Twig is used to feeling unwanted. Sent to live on a pony ranch for “troubled” girls on a misty, haunted island, Twig is about to discover the impossible — someone who needs her.

Jolted awake from a bad dream, Twig follows the desperate whinny of a terrified horse out to the stables. There in the straw is a bleating little scrap of moonbeam. A silver-white filly with cloven hooves and a tiny, spiraling horn.

A baby unicorn.

Now Twig knows what secret is hiding in the island’s mist: the last free unicorn herd. And a mysterious boy named Ben who insists that this impossible creature is now Twig’s to care for. That she needs Twig’s love and protection. Because there’s something out there in the deep, dense shadows that’s hunting for them…

Amie:  Welcome! Your book sounds like something I would have loved as a kid. Oh, who am I kidding? I would love it now! I’m obsessed with unicorns. Well, not obsessed…it’s not like I sleep with a stuffed pink one with glitter on it’s hooves…I mean, *clears throat* why do you like to write middle-grade books?

R.R.: Because many of my readers are kids, and there’s nothing more fun than talking with kids who are reading my books.

Amie: That’s so true! Who is your favorite author?

R.R.: I couldn’t point to one author, book, or even genre. I read everything from crime novels to love stories, mysteries to historicals.

Amie: It’s hard to chose, isn’t it? So many great books, so little time! What do you like most about your main character and why?

R.R.: At the beginning of the book, Twig wants nothing to do with anything fantastical. She just wants to stay safe in her shell with her own secrets for company. I liked watching her grow and learn how to love and be loved. Twig becomes very protective of those she loves, and she does some very brave things in spite of feeling helpless and afraid.

Amie:  Being brave is a very admirable trait. Are you brave enough for toadstools or tree sap?

R.R.: Toadstools sound pretty gross, but nothing’s worse than tree sap. Have you ever tried to get that stuff out of your hair or off the seat of your pants? Ugh!

Amie: I hear you! Thanks for joining us today and enjoy your tree sap stained pants. Errr…toadstools. 🙂



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 blog at wordwrestlerwrites.wordpress.com. Visit wordwrestlerwrites.wordpress.com

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Amie Borst is the author of Cinderskella, the first book of three in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. You can find her on her blog and facebook.

  1. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids.

    I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter
    and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her
    ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  2. I’m a teacher and believe this would be a great addition to my classroom library.


  3. Great interview! It made me laugh. Love the cover of your new book, Robert.

  4. A few hours with a unicorn and a character who doesn’t want to believe, but eventually has to? I want to read this book! –Kim

  5. A few hours with a unicorn and a character who doesn’t want to believe, but eventually has to? I want to read this book! –Kim

  6. How can you NOT want to read a book with a main character named Twig? Add in a unicorn and a misty, haunted island, and I’m sold! Sounds wonderful —

  7. This sounds like a lovely, lovely book. I sense a kinship with The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle!