Uma Luma can’t fall asleep. Every night, she lies in bed staring at the ceiling. She tries reading, counting sheep, and drinking warm milk, but nothing works. Uma is getting groggier and grumpier every day. She even falls asleep in school!
All Uma Luma wants is a good night’s rest.
Then a special visitor arrives and takes Uma Luma on a marvelous adventure to the moon. Uma learns about the Earth, the moon, and the stars. She even learns a new trick that might help her fall asleep at night.
Uma Luma Goes to the Moon is a magical adventure packed with interesting facts about space and science.
I wanted an eye-catching cover with bright, bold colors and with an exciting sense of adventure. I must say…I’m thrilled with the results.
The cover was illustrated by an artist named YurimaCSC; she also did the interior illustrations for the book. You can check out a couple of those illustrations and read the first chapter of the book here.
Today I’d like to share a sneak peek from the book Uma Luma Goes to the Moon, which will be available on October 8, 2015. This is from chapter seven, which is titled, “Sleepless.” Enjoy!
She got up and went to the window, stepping over a pile of building blocks and plastic horses. She pushed the curtains aside, and light filled her room. But it was nighttime! How could there be so much light?
Uma scanned the night sky and realized the light was coming from the moon. She stared at it with awe and wonder. It looked so big, hanging there in the sky and glowing with a soft, pretty light. She looked across the trees and fields around her house. Uma was surprised at how much she could see. Usually, it was pitch black at night in the country, or there was just enough light from the moon and stars to make out large shapes—trees, cars, and the neighbors’ houses in the distance. But tonight, under the full moon, everything was visible. Read more
Hi Everyone! Welcome to my home on the web. My name is Emmy Donovan, and I write poems and stories for children. My first book, Uma Luma Goes to the Moon! is coming soon, and I’ll let you know when it’s available. In the meantime, I’d like to introduce myself and give you a quick tour of the website.
I was born and raised in California, and I’ve been reading for as long as I can remember. My mom taught me to read by the time I was four, and as a child, I always had my nose in a book.
All my life, I’ve loved music and dancing. When I was about thirteen, I started writing song lyrics and poetry. Around the same time, I started keeping a journal, and I’ve been writing ever since.
A few years ago, I showed my niece the books I’d written for grown-ups, and she said, “Auntie Em, you need to write a book for kids.” Later she asked me to write a book for her. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for my niece. I love her so! And that very day, I came up with the character Uma Luma.
I had thought about writing children’s books but it wasn’t until my niece asked that I decided to give it a try. And you know what? I found out that I love writing stories for kids. Writing Uma Luma’s first story was a lot of fun — so much fun, in fact, that I decided to write more books for children.
Take a Tour
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