Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The Unicorn Thief Blog Tour: R.R. Russell Guest Post!

The Unicorn Thief is published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky today, and to celebrate there's a blog tour! I'm really happy to be taking part as this series sounds like a great read, and hopefully I'll get to it soon! Here's a synopsis to tell you more about The Unicorn Thief:
Twig and Ben are unicorn riders--guardians whose job it is to keep the last free unicorn herd safe. But a new danger is threatening the beautiful, mysterious creatures of Lonehorn Island. A thief from Terracornus has snuck onto the misty island and stolen Ben's loyal unicorn, Indy. There's only one path for Ben and Twig--straight into the secret, shadowy heart of the island and through the passage to Terracornus.
But their rescue mission is unexpectedly complicated by a secret Ben has been hiding. A secret about the Queen of Terracornus who has enslaved all the unicorns of Ben's homeland. A secret that could save them all--or start a war.

Thanks to R.R. for this guest post and I hope you enjoy reading it!


The Greatest Thing I Learned in School
by R.R. Russell 
One of the greatest things I learned in school was the joy of writing on the fly. My fifth grade teacher, Mrs. June St. John, shared two great loves with her class—fountain pens and creative writing.
She'd get up, walk to the blackboard, and write a short line. We'd all hold our breath in anticipation, fountain pens poised over our papers, waiting to copy the words. Sometimes she'd torment us with a prolonged pause or even erase a word or two and change it to another. Those who were too hasty and had already penned their headings would groan and reach for another page. When she was finished, she'd turn around, cross her arms, grin, and say, "Go!"
And the stories would flow. Because the line on the board wasn't just a heading, it was the title of a story. An unwritten tale waiting for each of us to tell in our own way. The name of a new friend we were about to meet. I only remember one story title— "Guess What I Found in My Vegetable Soup"—but the joy of writing those stories, then listening throughout the week as classmates read their work aloud, will never be forgotten.


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