Soar into a breathtaking world of heroes and unicorns as you've never seen them before in this fantastical middle grade debut perfect for fans of the Percy Jackson and Eragon series! Skandar Smith has always yearned to leave the Mainland and escape to the secretive Island, where wild unicorns roam free. He's spent years studying for his Hatchery exam, the annual test that selects a handful of Mainlander thirteen-year-olds to train to become unicorn riders. But on the day of Skandar's exam, things go horribly wrong, and his hopes are shattered...until a mysterious figure knocks on his door at midnight, bearing a message: the Island is in peril and Skandar must answer its call. Skandar is thrust into a world of epic sky battles, dangerous clashes with wild unicorns, and rumors of a shadowy villain amassing a unicorn army. And the closer Skandar grows to his newfound friends and community of riders, the harder it becomes to keep his secrets--especially when he discovers their lives may all be in graver danger than he ever imagined.
Author: A. F. Steadman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Published: 05/03/2022 Pages: 448 Binding Type: Hardcover Weight: 1.28lbs Size: 8.59h x 5.82w x 1.40d ISBN: 9781665912730 Audience: Ages 9-12
Review Citation(s): Kirkus Reviews 03/01/2022 Publishers Weekly 04/04/2022 Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 05/01/2022 Shelf Awareness 06/03/2022
About the Author A.F. Steadman is twenty-nine years old, and in 2019 was awarded a distinction in a creative writing master's from the University of Cambridge. Before focusing on writing, Annabel worked in both corporate and family law until she realized that there wasn't nearly enough magic involved. She's the author of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief.