Darien and the Seed of Obreget

Jeanna Kunce, (art by Craig Kunce)

Hardcover, 192 pages, 28 b/w illustrations

Ages 8–12


$4.99 eBook

$16 Softcover

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In the western lands of Telinoria, there lives a tree with magical healing properties. It has stood atop Videre Hill for centuries, curing and helping those in its presence. But now a battle has begun and its very existence is in jeopardy. Darien, safely returned home, increasingly struggles to find a balance between her need to express her creativity and her parents’ wishes that she work harder to fit in and grow up. As she pushes for more independence from her family, her acquaintance with Miss Mildred strengthens into friendship. For her second quest, Darien must try to find the Tree of Healing and bring back some of its magic to restore Miss Mildred’s powers. Will Darien be able to use the paints once again to reach the tree before it is destroyed forever? Will the determination of one small girl be enough to overcome the greed of two warring races? Join Darien as she avoids capture by the king’s men, confronts hideous enemies, meets valiant new friends, and discovers that luck is not always what it appears to be.


Product Details
ISBN 13: 9780984482870
Publisher: Windhill Books LLC
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
Pages: 192
Series: Darien - Book 2
Product dimensions: 5.75" (w) x 8.75" (h) x 1" (d)

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Meet the Author

Jeanna Kunce
As a child, Jeanna spent her free time in the woods with a backpack full of adventure supplies, snacks, and books. When all her books at home were read—some multiple times—she began writing her own stories. She fondly remembers passing her days reading and writing under the trees that shadowed the bubbly little creek near her house. As an adult, she worked as a graphic designer and art director, and now spends many gratifying hours teaching her two energetic and creative children. When they’re not “doing school,” Jeanna and her family enjoy gardening, building, cooking, and having art time. The idea for Darien began ten years ago, first as a daydream, then a hobby. Finally it flourished into a passion, more of a calling than a career. “The story seemed to take on a life of its own,” Jeanna says. “The really great part was when I would write something completely spontaneous. I would look back in surprise, thinking, wow, I never planned for that to happen, but it feels right to me. That creative flow has an almost magical aspect to it—if you believe in magic, that is,” she adds with a wink. Jeanna lives in Wisconsin, nestled between tree-covered bluffs and the Mississippi River, with her husband and children. She hopes to inspire a love of reading, daydreaming, and creativity through her stories.



Meet the Illustrator

Craig Kunce
Hello—I’m a dad, artist, author, and educator. I’ve always been an artist who loves a good story. So it was only a matter of time before I found himself writing and illustrating books. I began creating my books to share funny stories and pass along valuable life lessons to my own children. I am pleased that other parents and children are growing to like them too. I hope my books bring families together to read, laugh, and think about wild ideas! My main goal is always a fun and engaging story. But I also want each book to gently introduce readers to important life lessons. These lessons include self-confidence, friendship, family, happiness, community, responsibility, pride, and not following the crowd.




Gr 4–6 In this sequel to Darien and the Lost Paints of Telinoria (Windhill, 2014) readers find Darien back with her egomaniacal parents. They are both self-absorbed and manipulative, which causes Darien to rely more on her new friendship with her neighbor Miss Mildred. Miss Mildred and Darien have a symbiotic relationship: Darien, misunderstood by her parents, needs an ally, and Miss Mildred needs Darien to retrieve the healing seed that will allow her to access the special paints needed for travel to the land of Telinoria. The young girl must summon the courage to overcome two warring races and help her friend and all of the friends that she makes along the way. The success of this series lies in the characterization of the 11-year-old protagonist. Like most tweens, she is forming her own identity, one that is separate from the expectations of friends and parents. Middle grade readers should find this character relatable. The sporadic inclusion of illustrations and the surreal plot make for a quick read. VERDICT A strong supplemental purchase for fantastical fiction featuring a strong female protagonist.. —Gwen Collier, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY, for School Library Journal


Available in both jacketless hardcover and Kindle editions, Darien and the Seed of Obreget is the second novel in a fantastic series following Darien, a young girl caught between worlds in more ways than one. Darien's parents push for her to fit in and grow up, while Darien yearns for independence from her family and freedom to express her creativity. Yet Darien is also connected to the mysterious lands of Telinoria, where a tree with magical healing properties is threatened by a growing conflict. Darien hopes that magic from the Tree of Healing can restore the powers of her friend Miss Mildred, but can she reach it in time? Can one girl persuade two greed-driven races to back down? Middle grade students will enjoy this thoughtful fantasy-adventure, ideal for private and public library children's collections. Also highly recommended is the first book in the series, “Darien and the Lost Paints of Telinoria. —Midwest Book Review



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