Monday, January 5, 2015
Review: A Plague of Unicorns by:Jane Yolen
About the Book:
Young James, an earl's son, is a bit bothersome and always asking the oddest questions. In despair the last of James tutors having quit his mother sends him off to be educated at Cranford Abbey. She feels the strict regimen will do him a world of good. But Cranford Abbey has its own problems. It has been falling into disrepair. The newly appointed Abbot Aelian takes it upon himself to save the abbey with the use of his secret weapon: a recipe for golden apple cider passed down in his family for many generations. He believes that by making and selling the cider, the monks will raise necessary funds to restore the abbey to its former glory.
Abbot Aelian has everything he needs almost. One obstacle stands in his way, unicorns that happen to feast specifically on the golden apples. Abbot Aelian and his men must fight off the unicorns to make the cider. He and the monks try to form a battalion to fight off the beasts; next they import heroes to fight for them. But the heroes run off, monks are injured, and a herd of ravenous unicorns continue munching. After no success, the abbot finally calls upon the most unlikely of heroes, one suggested by no other than young James. That hero is small and unprepossessing but possesses the skill to tame the beasts. Though wildly skeptical, Abbot Aelian must risk everything and believe in this recommended stranger or risk the fall of Cranford Abbey."
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. For more information, please visit www.janeyolen.com.
James, is the son of the Duke was sent to the Cranford Abbey, due to his constant irritating questionable nature. Upon arrival 8 year old James discovers that the abbey has a few issues that no one had any knowledge of except the monks. The abbey was once a beautiful place but now it is run down and infested with pesky unicorns, that keep eating all of the golden apples. The golden apples can be used to make amazing apple cider that the moks wish to sell to earn money in order to fix up the abbey.
It seems that they are fresh out of ideas to rid the abbey of the unicorns. Right now they are at a loss to this issue. But young James may just have the best idea for this situation. Maybe for once his nosiness will pay off. This is a cute little book for the 8-12 age group. It is separated into chapters and if you would like to learn more, you can at this link.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from my participation in Z Blog Squad.