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When Granny Rae dies and leaves Ariella her precious unicorn charm, Ariella invests the charm with magic powers. Days later a unicorn appears in the empty field at the bottom of the garden. A young, gangly unicorn, with over-sized hooves, a scruffy mane and eyes like puddles of purple ink.
Can the unicorn `magically' heal the hole in baby Boo's heart?
Can he stop Ariella being bullied at her new school?
Can he help her to fit in?
Or is the unicorn there because he needs help himself?
Ariella and the `lost' unicorn must embark on a journey together that will change them both, before their worlds part and they are forced to say goodbye forever.

Unicorn Girl Reviews | Toppsta

9781916436305
  • ISBN: 9781916436305
  • Pub Date: 31st October 2018
  • Publisher: Eponine Press
  • Imprint: Eponine Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 216

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10th February '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Unicorn Girl 9781916436305
5 stars
This book has a very sombre beginning as it starts with the funeral of Ariellas Grandmother.  To add to the changes and challenges Ariella is facing she has recently moved house and school. She is much smaller than all the other children in her class and this, along with being new means that she is an easy target for the school bully. She is also consumed with worried about her baby brother, Boo, who was born with a hole in his heart.
The story follows Ariella dealing with all of these problems, with a little help from the lost Unicorn she finds at the end of her garden. As the baby unicorn gets stronger and more confident, Ariella mirrors this in her own life and things begin to show signs of being okay. 
This is a wonderfully written book with so much detail in the characters and events that happen that really makes them seem realistic. Although touching on issues that often aren't covered in children's books, it is things that many children have to deal with and so could find comfort in reading about it. 

Unicorns are something that every child seems to love at the moment so I know that this will be a hit in the class library! 
23rd January '19
I read it myself (an adult)
Unicorn Girl 9781916436305
5 stars
Oh my word ! What a fantastic book. Anne-Marie Conway’s story telling is simply magical.
Ariella is our main character, she is almost 11 years old and has a very tough time. Her beloved grandmother dies, her little brother is seriously ill and she has no friends at her new school. All looks really depressing till a real-life unicorn appears in the empty field at the bottom of the garden and changes her life.
 
As a parent, it's impossible to not be (very) moved by the story behind the book, and I can't imagine the strength Ariella's parents have to find every day. I really enjoyed this book. It was extremely emotional, you really feel the pain and the struggle the family members go through but also the bravery of the characters and their determination. The illness of Ariella’s little brother was a big test for them all.
Anne-Marie really knows how to capture a mood, and throw you right in with the characters. It's definitely an enchanting story with great imagination. 
My daughter loves the cover and I think it catches the mood of the book perfectly.
 
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About Anne-Marie Conway

Anne-Marie Conway is a primary school teacher specializing in drama, but also runs her own children's theatre company, Full Circle. She lives in London with her husband, two young sons and two eccentric cats, Betty and Boo. Anne-Marie has written a number of humorous sketches which have been performed by her theatre company, but Phoebe Finds Her Voice, short...

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