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Author presents YA fantasy novel

Author Shauna C. Murphy will present her new young adult fantasy novel, "Animalia," at Paulina Springs Books on Wednesday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m.

Painting an alternate Victorian-era that features students from all around the world working toward altruistic goals, "Animalia" will resonate with fans of "The Golden Compass," "Harry Potter," and "Enola Holmes."

In the frosty landscapes of Norway, nestled on an isolated peninsula, lies the prestigious and secretive Svalbard School. This institution specializes in teaching the secrets of the Victorian-era world to a select group of students from across the globe. Among the diverse programs offered at Svalbard, one stands out: Animalia, where young talents learn the ancient art of working with animals' unique abilities.

The story follows 13-year-old Sunday Gråe, who aspires to follow in her late father's footsteps and become an Animalia student. Sunday's dreams come true when she gains admission to Svalbard School. However, as she delves deeper into her studies, she learns the school is hiding dark secrets. Mysterious disappearances plague the Animalia students, and she falls into a perilous mystery that could put her own life in danger.

Shauna C. Murphy is a film producer and a writer of young adult content. She is a researcher of children's imaginary worlds, the psychology behind fantasy, and the corresponding best practices for commercial storytelling. She is passionate about helping others understand the benefits of imagination and empathy. Her unique perspective, rooted in a childhood spent amidst the theatre and her summers exploring the great outdoors, shines through in Animalia, a story where the bond between humanity and nature takes center stage. She has a MS from the University of Oregon and a BS from Portland State.

Paulina Springs Books is located at 252 W. Hood Ave. Call 541-549-0866 for info.


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