Here's a link to Jennifer Bell's lovely website. And here's the book trailer.
The second one is called "The Unicorn in the Barn" by Jacqueline Ogburn. It's about a boy named Eric who's hit a bit of a rough patch. His family has lived in Western NC for several generations, but his grandmother, who is the matriarch of the family (Eric's mom died when he was small), has gotten very sick. In fact, she's so sick, they've had to sell off part of the family property to pay the bills. The new family that moved in is a mom and daughter and Eric's first introduction to the daughter is not a happy one. But the mom is a veterinarian, which is pretty handy, because right after his first introduction to the daughter, he spots an animal that he thinks might be the white deer people have been talking about. The animal is limping and it limps right over to the barn that his grandmother used to own but has been taken over by the veterinarian. It turns out that it's not actually a deer, but a unicorn. This is a lovely story about taking care of each other and family traditions and following your own path. I liked it a lot.
Here's one of the inviting black and white drawings from the book.
And here's the lovely cover.
The last one is called "Dragon's Green" by Scarlett Thomas. It's about a girl named Euphemia (Effie) who lives with her dad and his new wife (her mom disappeared awhile back during a world wide earthquake that caused the world to lose internet access) and her new half sister. Her grandfather has an extensive library that she loves to spend time in but her grandfather is forbidden to teach her magic or talk about magic. But Effie seems drawn to the magic (her dad thinks it's nonsense and probably what caused her mom to disappear). One terrible day, her grandfather is attacked and badly injured and suddenly Effie is flung into a world she doesn't know and is ill prepared for-the magical one. But she also finds she has friends who are willing and able to help her with the magical perils. I thought it was a very fun read and was very well written. I'm very happy to hear that it's the first one in a series, because I love the idea that I'm going to get to read more about Effie and her friends. Here's a link to Scarlett Thomas's beautiful website. And here's the cover.