Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles Series #1)
  • Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles Series #1)
  • Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles Series #1)

Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles Series #1)

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by Bruce Coville
     
 

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In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn. Cara's band of friends comes to include a hairy creature named the Dimblethum and the monkey-like Squijim. Together, they set out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man following them does-and to prevent the destruction of all… See more details below

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In Luster, Cara meets many wonderful creatures, but the most magnificent of all is Lightfoot, a rebellious young unicorn. Cara's band of friends comes to include a hairy creature named the Dimblethum and the monkey-like Squijim. Together, they set out to reach the Unicorn Queen before the mysterious man following them does-and to prevent the destruction of all unicorns forever.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Coville's (My Teacher Is an Alien) mild fantasy, the first in the projected Unicorn Chronicles, opens promisingly, with a suspenseful chase scene, but somewhat dissipates its force. A nameless hunter pursues Cara and her grandmother into an empty church, where the grandmother gives Cara her amulet-along with the bewildering instructions to jump from the church tower at the twelfth toll of the bell. The girl lands in Luster, the land of the unicorns, and tries to unravel the mystery surrounding the amulet even as she continues to elude the hunter. Aided by a young unicorn and an assortment of odd creatures, including Dimblethum (``He looked like a bear that had started to become a man but hadn't finished the process'') and Squijum (``a cross between a monkey and a squirrel''), Cara embarks on a number of dangerous adventures. The plot jumps from one episode to the next, and can be confusing. But drama builds with the revelation that the hunter is none other than Cara's father (who long ago abandoned her); no stock villain, he is given plausible motives for his inimical deeds. Cara's loyalties are severely tested, leaving plenty of room for a sequel. Fantasy fans might be content with the headlong pacing, but most will hope that future installments will include more fluid writing and less convoluted plot lines. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
In a fantastic world that she quite literally jumps into from a church tower in our world, young Cara finds herself in Luster, the world of the unicorns. Creatures called the Dimblethum and the Squijum aid her in her quest for the Old One-the Unicorn Queen. An elderly red dragon is also instrumental in her success, although she doesn't seem to care for humans much, and Cara must also help her. If Cara is unsuccessful, all the unicorns will be hunted down and killed by hunters from our world. Before Cara can find the Queen she must go through various trials. Exciting and fast-moving, this story will appeal to younger readers of fantasy like Five Children and It, The Amulet or Coville's own Sarah's Unicorn who want a little more detail about fantasy, but who aren't yet ready for Tolkien. Older readers will enjoy identifying the villain. This is a fascinating book. 1995 (orig.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-When Cara Hunter leaps from a church's bell tower clutching her grandmother's magic amulet, she falls into the land of Luster, home of the Dimblethum, delvers, dragons, the Squijum, and lots of unicorns. Since her grandmother told her to guard the amulet and to deliver an important message to the unicorn Queen, Cara embarks on a journey to her court. She is accompanied by her friends, chief among them Lightfoot, an adolescent unicorn who is having a difficult time with his family. The voyagers are attacked by delvers, Firethroat the Dragon, and Cara's father, who abandoned her when she was three. The loose ends will presumably be the starting point for the next entry in the series. The most striking aspect here is the story within a story. Coville combines all of the known myths about unicorns into one smooth retelling about a woman named Beloved whose life in ways mirrors Cara's own; this tale creates the foundation for the entire novel. The characters are well drawn and the dialogue flows nicely. The plot, particularly the twist involving Cara's father, will be predictable to seasoned fantasy aficionados, but as a whole, the book should find a favored and well-deserved place on most shelves.-Patricia A. Dollisch, DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, GA
Chris Sherman
In the first volume of The Unicorn Chronicles, 11-year-old Cara narrowly escapes being captured on Earth by "leaping" to Luster, the land of the unicorns, only to find that she is being pursued there as well. Aided by a Lightfoot, a teenage unicorn, by bearlike Dimblethum, and by silly Squijim, Cara makes her way to the Unicorn Queen to deliver a mysterious message from her grandmother. On the journey she learns how her family and the unicorns are entwined and earns the favor of a powerful dragon. Coville weaves traditional unicorn myths into his light, accessible fantasy and provides a neatly contrived ending that hints at the next adventure. Although lots of questions are left unanswered, middle-grade unicorn lovers and fantasy fans won't mind: they'll eagerly await a sequel.
From the Publisher

"Coville weaves traditional unicorn myths into his light, accessible fantasy and provides a neatly contrived ending that hints at the next adventure. . . . Middle-grade unicorn lovers and fantasy fans will eagerly await a sequel."
--Booklist
"A popular subject and author, plus intriguing characters, combine with a good chase plot to make a galloping good beginning to The Unicorn Chronicles. Coville's fans, unicorn lovers, and fantasy readers will all be pleased."
--VOYA

"The book should find a favored and well-deserved place on most shelves."
--School Library Jornal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545068246
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
08/01/2008
Series:
Unicorn Chronicles Series, #1
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
136,641
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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