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Something About Me and My Book:
Cynthia Collins had every intention of pursuing a career in classical music. She studied piano and choral composition throughout school and graduated from Drury University with a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory. That led to summer school at the Universitat Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria, then on to graduate studies at Mannes College of Music in New York. But, all of that changed when she would go to South Street Seaport and watch the ships. She signed up as a volunteer with South Street Seaport Museum and has worked with historic house and maritime museums ever since.

Her first novel, The Unicorn Tree, combines the mystery of a historic house, tall ships, and getting lost at sea, with universal themes of family, friendship, uncertainty, and independence. It was released in April, 2012, by Mockingbird Lane Press.


"The Unicorn Tree is a remarkable achievement... I kept reading, not just because I had to, but because I wanted to. It's a real page turner."

-- Barbara Stretton, author of the Tori Trotter Mysteries


"This is a fascinating book, for high schoolers as well as adults! Cynthia Collins weaves history with both suspense and mystery, skillfully building a story within a story. ...a must-read for any high school student."

-- Robin Tidwell for the Creve Coeur Patch


"Cynthia Collins' The Unicorn Tree is not your typical Young Adult book fare. Very well-written, it combines history, teenage angst, family crisis, and the occult in a wonderful blend that keeps the pages turning. An added plus is you will learn a lot about nautical terms and how old ships work. In short, I highly recommend it!"

-- S. R. Mallery, author

I have enjoyed The Unicorn Tree immensely. I loved all the characters, the weave of centuries, the presence of Mirabelle Manor and the shore… You have mastered all your details and carried me through the experience while always holding my attention.”

--Lee Gruzen, writer/editor, Ship Lore and Model Club of the Port of New York

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At 6:19pm on August 7, 2012, Sarah Mallery (S.R. Mallery) said…

Your book is an excellent read.  Bravo for you!


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