TITLE: EMMA BROWN AND THE INVISIBLE UNICORNS
GENRE: MG Science Fantasy
After 13-year-old Emma Brown is rejected from a school for children destined to save magical creatures from extinction, she leaves Earth to explore the galaxy with her dad, a well-known mad scientist. When hunters kidnap her father to help them de-activate a unicorn's cloak of invisibility, Emma must find a way to be accepted in the school, and rescue her dad and the unicorns, before they both become extinct.
Stars needed names.
That's what her dad told her when she accidentally incinerated his research on the re-birthing habits of phoenixes when she was bored. Being stuck on a spaceship for two weeks will do that to a five-year-old.
Emma Brown was thirteen now, but the game stuck.
In her cabin on the Ark 17, Emma stood on her bed and tapped a spot on the glass window that made up an entire wall of her room. Instantly, the computer calculated the distance the Ark was from the star, their current location, and speed, and then glowed - like a twinkling Christmas light.
"Star #276,412,402, unnamed," the computer's voice chirped.
"Unnamed," Emma repeated. She paced on her mattress, bobbing up and down like a buoy. "Computer, we shall call the star - "
Emma turned toward the voice. Her dad, Ben, was standing in the doorway wearing a huge rubber apron and goggles that magnified his light blue eyes. He usually stayed in his lab until they were ready to descend. His appearance meant that she better put on socks.
"Frank is the worst star name ever." She kicked over her pillows and blankets to unearth her stockings.
"Wait till you get to the billions and run out of names. Frank will be looking mighty good. Try under the bed."
"Fine." She stuck out her tongue before leaning over her bed. Of course her socks were down there. "Computer, log star #276,412,402 as Frank."
Emma was listening to the computer beep its consent when she looked out the window at the planet Oz.