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|A Plague of Unicorns
By Jane Yolen / ZondervanYoung 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.
A story of a young man who at the tender age of 8 may already have to step into his father’s place as the Duke of their estate. He is sent to be educated at Cranford Abbey where they are having their own set of problems. A group of Unicorns has come to strip their Hallelujah Apple’s that only grow there at the Abbey leaving the tree stripped when they leave every year. The Abbey is trying to save their home by selling Apple cider made from those same apples but the Unicorns do not leave enough apples behind for the monks.
The Abbot has waged war on this plague of Unicorns but have as of yet figured out how to succeed in their mission to rid themselves of the beasts. Can an 8 year old boy help them to save the trees and the Abbey?
I found this to be a cute story for kids. It reminds me of legends of old about knights, castles and mystical creatures. The chapters are not long so it’s very appropriate for kids about ages 8 and up. Ms. Yolen is an award winning author. I got a little bored with the story at times in the middle but enjoyed the last few chapters. Of course you have to build a story in order to end it well. It wasn’t my favorite and will most likely not be in my top ten at the end of the year but it was cute.
I will probably give this one 3 out of 5 stars. Mainly because it has a good storyline. If your kids like medieval type stories this might just be a good one for them.
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