Darby’s first published children’s book, Hockey Island was inspired by her eldest grandson George who one night wanted a bedtime story about “‘Hockey Island,’ a place where it snows each and every day and to live there you must bring your imagination”. There are no streets just icy alleyways for all to skate upon and a lighthouse that beams through the snow.
As the story unfolds, the reader experiences the tap dancing full moon, the island shaman, George as a hockey player and the lollipop cowboy, Ella the only figure skater on the island, and Maxwell the well-known businessman that creates a fun way to have hot cocoa. “But right around New Year, when the Northern Lights are their brightest, a gentle breeze speaks across the Island – ‘Wind Words’ the Islanders call it, which means ‘words from the heart.’”
Look for Hockey Island at your local bookstore, Cape Cod Museum of Art, or buy it on Amazon here!