06 January 2015

A Plague of Unicorns by Jane Yolen

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From bestselling and award-winning author Jane Yolen, this new middle-grade fiction reminds us that heroes come in all sizes.

Young James, an earl’s son, is a bit bothersome and always asking the oddest questions. When the last of his tutors quits, his mother sends him away to be educated at Cranford Abbey. But Cranford Abbey has its own problems.

The Abbey is falling apart. Abbot Aelian believes he can save the abbey with his secret weapon: a recipe for golden apple cider passed down through his family for generations. One obstacle stands in his way – unicorns! Unicorns with very sharp horns that happen to feast specifically on the golden apples.

In this new middle-grade fiction by bestselling author Jane Yolan, young readers will learn about life in a medieval monastery and be reminded that heroes come in all sizes.

Jane Yolen’s A Plague of Unicorns is a wonderfully cute adventure for all ages, and I, for one, really enjoyed it. Regularly overrun by a fantastical and problematic horde of unicorns, an abbey desperately needs to find a solution - and unexpectedly, the young son of a duke knows what to do. This character, James, is highly entertaining with his overwhelming amount of ridiculous yet clever questions - I found myself actually laughing out loud on more than one occasion. A Plague of Unicorns is a story that will certainly please young readers searching for a quirky adventure, but I would not hesitate to recommend it to any reader who enjoys the genre, looking for a fun and quick read.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers, I received a copy of A Plague of Unicorns and the opportunity to honestly review it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

About the Author
Jane has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century. She sets the highest standard for the industry, not only in the meaningful body of work she has created, but also in her support of fellow authors and artists. Her books range from the bestselling How Do Dinosaurs series to the Caldecott-winning Owl Moon to popular novels such as The Devil’s Arithmetic, Snow in Summer, and The Young Merlin Trilogy, to award-winning books of poetry such as Grumbles from the Forest and A Mirror to Nature. In all, she has written over 335 books (she’s lost count), won numerous awards (one even set her good coat on fire), and has been given six honorary doctorates in literature.

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