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Genres: Christian Fiction, Christian Historical Fiction, Historical Fiction, Juvenile, Juvenile Fantasy, Juvenile Fiction
Published by Zonderkidz on December 23, 2014
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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.
Genre: Juvenile Fiction Ages 8 to 12
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Jane Yolen is one of those picture books authors that stands out to me as always having an interest concept and displays it in an almost poetic tone. Apparently it is not news that she also writes chapter books, but I didn’t realize that until I got my hands on a review copy of A Plague of Unicorns through the BookLookBloggers program (Zonderkidz). For avid readers this is a long afternoon or weekend read, while younger readers could spend a few days in it. It is magical and challenging for our protagonist and young hero James gets to prove himself and his own maturity. This is a book that both girls and boys will enjoy.
This is a good one to put on your child’s reading list for the year they’re studying medieval history and the like.
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.