Opal gets a dirty old suitcase for her birthday. She’s not impressed. Her grandfather tells her she’ll need it, because she’s going to live with her great aunt on Broken Shell Island. Opal wonders if her grandfather hasn’t gone senile, because Broken Shell Island is a made-up magical place that their family friend Flora Fritz writes picture books about.
Oh, but the island is real. And magic.
Opal encounters magical plants, animals, and danger, too. The evening she arrives, a body is discovered in the woods, not far from where she passed through. Worse, a terrifying creature has emerged from the ground, and it hungers for the innocent, whether the people of the island believe in it or not.
While young Opal is eager to fit into her new life, perhaps becoming a witch herself, she’s mainly concerned about surviving her first week. Riding a unicorn is not quite the experience she expected, nor is her first encounter with hair-styling pixies.
Life is beautiful, magical, and perilous, on Broken Shell Island.
Length: 78,800 words (slightly longer than Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone)
Ages: Family-friendly; ages 10+
“This is a story that moves through all the emotions of life from adulation to envy and innocent beliefs to horror. It sucks you in and provides an unexpected twist, it’s a book that fuels the imagination, and I would certainly read more if there was a series of novels about Broken Shell Island.”
- Katie @ Razberry Juice, Women’s Magazine – read full review
“Broken Shell Island weaves a clever spell within its pages, mixing a dash of Harry Potter with a sprig of Douglas Adams, resulting in an entrancing and quirky tale infused with Dalya Moon’s trademark humor and effortless storytelling. I couldn’t put it down, and I’m betting you won’t be able to either. I just have one word of warning: watch out for the pixies!”
-Amber Sweetapple, author of The Houri Legends Series
5 stars “To say this book is packed with creativity and imagination is an underestimation. You’ll be surprised to find out pee can actually be good for your hair, well if it’s pixie pee of course. Pancakes with bees, giant owls with a huge appetite for talking goats, and Hansel and Gretel as serial killers! But aside from these details, the story line is very engaging, and the dialogues are very entertaining. There were more than a few times I laughed out loud until my stomach hurt while reading it.”
- S Bas, Amazon reviewer – click here for full review
4.5 stars “I loved that the story wasn’t predictable at all. I had no idea what was going to happen. I’m pretty good at predicting how things will play out. I read enough books to recognize clues but this book threw me for a loop. I did not see that ending coming.”
- Alison @ The Cheap Reader – click here for full review
“Opal is a real, likeable character and she does not give up easily. She cares about her new friends. The plot has a lot of action … I would like to come back and read more about Broken Shell Island in the future. This would be a good book for any age.”
Rhonda @ Readalot – click here for full review
“… the full gamut from glorious to gross.”
Kelly Walker Reviews – click here for full review