By Shauna C. Murphy, MS ’21 (multimedia journalism)

January 19, 2024


On an icy peninsula in Norway, there is a school where select students from around the world are taught the secrets of the Victorian-era world. The school’s programs are: Apothecary—for pharmacists; Warbringer—for warriors; Machinist—for inventors; Artisan—for artists; and Animalia—for animalists.

Thirteen-year-old Sunday Gråe wants to follow in her late father’s footsteps and become Animalia—the way of working with animals’ unique abilities that is taught only at the prestigious and secretive Svalbard School. Sunday’s dreams come true when she is admitted, but the school is more dangerous than she thought. The Animalia students are mysteriously going missing . . . and she could be next.

Coco Books, 2023