Waiting for Unicorns is an exciting and emotionally moving book for Middle Grade readers.
The story is about Talia, whose mother has recently died when her father takes her to the Arctic and leaves her with a stranger while he goes on an expedition to study whales for the Summer.
Staying in the tiny village, the girl makes friends with the only other kids in the area, gets to know adults in the community, and learns about the environment.
Talia thinks about her mother and makes wishes, which she writes down and keeps hidden in a jar.
But her father's life is at risk on the expedition. What will happen to her if he is killed?
This book is beautifully written, full of exciting tension, and educational about the culture and environment in the far north.
I hope the author Beth Hautala will write more books for kids because she's an excellent author.