Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala

Waiting for Unicorns by Beth Hautala
Chronicled by Talia’s tween voice, this story is both expressive and haunting. Following her dear mother’s battle with cancer, Talia is begrudgingly towed from her beloved home in Woods Hole, Massachusetts to Churchill, Manitoba in Canada due to her father’s annual whale watching assignment, where he can study beluga whales. Because there is no one to watch Talia while her father is away on this dangerous mission, she is informed that she must stay with Sura, a local Inuit woman, whom Talia’s never met before in this isolated, arctic landscape. Fearful of losing her father as well, and unsuccessfully trying to heal with her mother’s “jar of secret wishes”, Talia’s quiet, contemplative story is alive with vivid descriptions as Hautala explores growing pains, loss, grief, and shares a quiet message that is quite healing. Appropriate for children ages 9+