Into The Land Of The Unicorns (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)by Bruce Coville
Having jumped into the fantasy land of Luster, Cara joins Lightfoot the unicorn in the search for Queen Arabella Skydancer.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's WeeklyCara follows her grandmother's cryptic instructions and winds up in Luster, the land of the unicorns. "This mild fantasy, the first in the Unicorn Chronicles, opens promisingly... but somewhat dissipates its force," said PW. Ages 9-12. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Judy SilvermanIn 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 JournalGr 4–6—On a cold winter's night, Cara and her grandmother take refuge in a church after a mysterious man begins to follow them. Inside, Cara encounters an elderly woman who helps her cross a magical border into Luster, the Land of the Unicorns. Soon after arriving there, Cara meets Lightfoot, one of the many unicorns who inhabit Luster, along with other mystical creatures. Cara's magical new friends help her deliver a message to the Queen of the Unicorns. The narrator relates the plot in even, measured tones, allowing the full-cast of actors to express the characters' emotions. Sound effects cleverly convey how Lightfoot communicates with Cara in a telepathic manner. Their unspoken conversations are read with a hollow, echoing effect, underscoring the magical nature of these exchanges. Music provides transitions between chapters, with the tone and tempo of the music changing according to the events presented. The music is generally ethereal and delicate, creating an otherworldly feeling that is well suited for the fantasy genre. A solid choice for public and school libraries where fantasy series are popular.—Mary Landrum, Lexington Public Library, KY
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 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 ShermanIn 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.
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