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The Young Unicorns (Austin Family Series #3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2006

    The Young Unicorns

    The book I read is called The Young Unicorns by Madeline L¿engle. It is about a group of children who see a genie in Phooka¿s Antiques shop. They are all confused and unsure what they believe about the genie. One of the children, Emily, was blinded in an accident. Dave, a older friend of the children, comes after school and reads her lessons and homework to her. Dave used to be part of a gang called the Alphabets. Soon after, Dave and Vicky see and talk to a guy that they saw in the shop when they saw the genie. They soon find out he is friends with the Dean of the school. Dave has tea with him and finds out more about the guy. There is something else going on in the city that the Dean and the guy from the shop are worried about. They think it might have to do with the gang, the Alphabets, a gang that Dave used to be apart of but doesn¿t want anything to do with anymore. One night after Dave¿s lessons with Emily he is surrounded by members from the Alphabets and taken to the Bishop of the catholic church. He is up to no good and wants information, from Dave. He makes Dave swear not to tell anyone. Then Dave is ordered by the Bishop to bring Rob, a boy from a family friends of Emily¿s. Dave tells the family he is taking Rob and Rob¿s dog for a walk. When Dave and Rob are gone longer than they should be, Emily and Vicky get suspicious and go looking for them. Then Vicky¿s dad gets worried about where Vicky and Emily are and goes to find them. Read the book to find out what happens. The book was pretty exciting to read. It got more exciting at the end when there was more action. I was never able to feel like I was ¿in¿ the book because I couldn¿t picture what was going on all the time. The main conflict, which was finding out what exactly had happened in the accident and what was going on with the Bishop and Alphabets did interest me. I wanted to know what really happened to Emily and who did it. I also wanted to know what was going on with the Bishop. Some parts of the characters were realistic but there were some unrealistic parts. They themselves seemed pretty realistic but what they did didn¿t. I thought that the end was pretty satisfying. Everything I wanted to happen, happened but it wasn¿t unrealistic. The author wrote this book mostly in third person, but sometimes he got into the character¿s head and gave their thoughts about what was happening. The author¿s writing was pretty easy to read, though there were a few difficult words. There weren¿t really any unique characteristics about the authors¿ writing style. There was a lot of dialogue, it was in every scene. The characters talking to one another and figuring out stuff. There was some description and tone but, I think the author could of used more. Overall, I thought the author¿s writing was somewhat boring, there wasn¿t enough action and he took too long getting to the point. Otherwise I thought the author¿s writing was good. I liked how it unraveled at the end and ended up being someone who I didn¿t expect. I would give this book a seven out of ten. It was definitely not the best book I¿ve read but it was still pretty good and pretty well written. I would recommend this book to anyone twelve and up. It was pretty easy to read but there were a few difficult parts and words. Anyone who is looking for an adventure or fun story should read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2004

    This book was good, but not one of L'engle's greatest works

    This book was good, and I liked it a lot. All of the characters seemed realistic, and my favorites were Emily and Suzy. This story has a really good plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2003

    An Austin family sci-fi mystery

    New York City in the 1960s. It's a place where the sure sign of gang membership is a black leather jacket, where the worst drugs adolescents may encounter are 'pot' and 'acid,' and where laser surgery is still the stuff of science fiction - although just barely. To the Austin family from Thornhill, Connecticut, it's simultaneously Sin City and a place where they have settled in to make a temporary home. Small Rob has ventured for the first time into a world of boys and men, by opting for a nearby cathedral's parochial school instead of going with his older sisters Suzy and Vicky. The family has taken two waifs into its bosom: Emily Gregory, their landlord's blind and motherless daughter; and Josiah 'Dave' Davidson, a former gang member who reads Emily her lessons. How are Emily, Dave, Dave's father who works in the cathedral's maintenance department, the cathedral's dean, and a visiting Anglican canon connected to the research that the Austin children's father is mysteriously conducting during this year off from his country medical practice? That's the key to a mystery which Rob, Suzy, and Vicky all realize - at different times and in different ways - is threatening their family, too. L'Engle's two previous Austin books, and the one following this in the series, have Vicky as first-person narrator. I found myself missing her voice as I read, but I quickly realized why the author chose to tell this story in the third person. That approach enables us to follow the story from many different viewpoints. Having it unfold through Vicky's eyes alone would not, for this young adult thriller, produce a tale even half as satisfying. This is the first L'Engle book that I've read as an adult and found it dated. However, the story still works well on each of its various levels. I figured the mystery out before I should have, but can't say how well I might have done with it as a young teen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2001

    One of the best mysteries I've ever read.

    I really liked this book because it really kept me going. It was one of those books that you really don't want to put down just to empty the dishwasher. The Austins, Emily, and the rest of the colorful characters in this novel combine to make a highly enjoyable story with a rather surprising ending(I wouldn't tell you what for the world).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2000

    A satisfactory book

    I was slightly disappointed when I concluded reading this book. Actually, it was a good book, but definitely not L'Engle at her best. The plot was certainly interesting, but a bit far-out. Overall, I recommend this book, but be sure to read other L'Engle books-- their wonderful!

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