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Middle Grade Fiction (ages 10 and up)
Philomel/Penguin (US) 

Talia McQuinn is much too old to believe in magic, yet she keeps a jar of wishes under her bed. When her whale-researcher father drags Tal to the arctic for the summer following her mother's death, she brings the jar along.

During her stay, Tal learns the ancient Inuit legend of the narwhal whale—the unicorn of the sea—and she forms a plan to make the biggest wish of her life.

When the entire population of whales in the Hudson Bay mysteriously disappears, and an accident endangers the life of her new friend, Tal must confront the truth: no wish on earth can grant escape from her heartache, or bring her mother back.

But sometimes, the release of one wish makes way for the granting of another.

Praise For Unicorns

" . . .The deliberate wording draws in readers and elicits an emotional response. This poignant story demonstrates that opening up to new experiences, places, and people can enrich life even in the aftermath of tragedy."
Review From School Library Journal
–Susan Riley, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY 
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" Debut author Hautala's writing in this first-person narrative is lyrical and evocative; her descriptions of the landscape are vivid. . . Written by an author to watch, this quiet story of loss and healing will appeal to thoughtul readers."
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 " . . . Debut author Hautala weaves Inuit stories and tradition, as well as the fairy tales Talia’s mother told, into this affecting exploration of grief and the hope that can come through the love of good friends. With spellbinding descriptions of Talia’s icy new surroundings (“the new snow looked like it was lit from beneath. It was almost as if the sun had somehow broken itself apart and burrowed under the arctic landscape”), this story will stay with readers." 
—Publishers Weekly