Secret of the Starflower is an upcoming children’s chapter book that encourages reading through magical full-color illustrations!
Sandy’s mixed-up magic makes her different from the other seahorsicorns in Spectra, an enchanted undersea community. To make matters worse, her unruly rainbow mane attracts scary chomperfish – and gets her thrown out of the reef! That’s when a powerful current takes her to a secret cave with everything she needs… except a friend. But when she is discovered by a lone adventurer, their pen pal letters expose the truth of her unusual magic. Sandy is faced with a big decision. Should she leave the protection of the cave to save Spectra… and her only friendship?
Join Sandy on this epic adventure, and learn what she chooses to do.
Audience: read alone at ages 7-10, read aloud to ages 5+6
Values: facing your fears, acceptance, personal growth
Make your own seahorse unicorn stuffed animal! This easy pattern makes the perfect handmade gift from the crafty parent or grandparent. Design your own character today!
Encourage young readers to join the adventure with coloring contests, prizes and craft inspiration that will be sent out to subscribers in anticipation of the book’s release!
What people are saying about Secret of the Starflower:
“The concept of the seahorsicorn is awesome! They are beautiful, and I love the theme ‘face your fear’ and ‘being different’ is not a bad thing, it is actually the best thing!”
– Beta reader & mother of three
“What a great book! Well thought out. I love the fantasy, the magic and storyline. Kudos to Jessica.”
– Beta reader & grandmother
“My superficial impression of it was that it was going to be some girly fluff, which is a real turn off for me, but as I read it, I really appreciate the deeper themes that are being conveyed to readers: facing fears, using fear to propel you forward, finding your innate gifts and learning to use them for good…these are all such important themes!”
– Critique partner, SCBWI
“I liked it. I would recommend this book to friends. I think the point of the message is that it’s okay to be different. Being different is a strength. Be brave and adventurous!”
– Beta reader, 9 years old
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Author - Illustrator, Secret of the Starflower
From the Author – Illustrator
Secret of the Starflower will be my debut publication as a children’s book author-illustrator, though I have illustrated books for other authors.
I’m learning a lot along the way and working hard to bring the best version of Sandy’s adventure to life! With your accountability and encouragement, my goal is to make a big splash when I release the Secret of the Starflower chapter book. When it is released, it will be available online in e-book and print through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Walmart.com, Kobo and more.
In the meantime, thank you for joining the journey. Be sure to subscribe to the newsletter and follow on social media to get the latest news on the book’s progress, contests and prizes. I’m looking forward to bringing you a quality product and a magical story experience with Secret of the Starflower!
~ Jessica Kopecky