Book: The Unicorn Tree by Cynthia Collinscategories: Book, YA Fiction, Historical Fiction, Nineteenth Century, Tall Ships, Sea Captain, Clipper Ships, Cape Horn, Hurricanes, Lost at Sea, Maritime Fiction
Cynthia Collinsabout this book: I wrote The Unicorn Tree after having worked at various maritime and historic house museums in New York, and volunteering aboard old ships. The book's title comes from a particular tree that I used to walk past every day. I wanted a story that combined the tree, an old mansion, tall ships, and a close-knit seaside community in order to illustrate how young people of today can learn from the past.
The plot alternates from present day to the nineteenth century. The heroine, seventeen-year-old Lisa Duncan, first visits the old house as an assignment for school. When her brother is lost at sea, she uses her visits to learn what happened to him.
Even though this is primarily a young adult book, it is also for adults who enjoy historical and maritime fiction.
• "The Unicorn Tree is a remarkable achievement... I kept reading, not just because I had to, but because I wanted to. It's a real page turner." — Barbara Stretton, author of the Tori Trotter Mysteries
• "This is a fascinating book, for high schoolers as well as adults! Cynthia Collins weaves history with both suspense and mystery, skillfully building a story within a story. ...a must-read for any high school student." — Robin Tidwell, for the Creve Coeur Patch (St. Louis metro area)
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