Song of the Wanderer (Unicorn Chronicles Series #2)

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Overview

One unicorn dwells on Earth.

Hundreds fight in Luster.

Their legends are recorded in

The Unicorn Chronicles.

The Unicorn Chronicles

BookII

Song of the Wanderer

Cara must return to Earth to save her grandmother, the Wanderer. But to do so, Cara must first travel through the wilderness of Luster, land of the unicorns, full of unknown creatures and perilous adventure around every bend in the road. Only at the back of the dragon Ebillan's cave will she find the gate that can return her to Earth.

Embarking on the journey of her life, Cara will face vicious terrain, delver attacks, and a surly dragon. Beyond all this looms one more danger: Beloved, Cara's infamous ancestor, who has dedicated a lifetime to ridding the earth of unicorns. Is Cara strong enough to resist Beloved's ruthless magic and trickery? Can she bear betraying her own blood?

"Readers eagerly awaiting the second book in Coville's Unicorn Chronicles will be richly rewarded for their patience with this volume." —Booklist

Having jumped into Luster, the land of unicorns, Cara makes a perilous journey to bring back her grandmother, The Wanderer, in order to release the Queen of the unicorns and allow her to die.

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Editorial Reviews

ALAN Review
Perfect for young readers, this is a smartly crafted story about the world of unicorns and dragons. This is a second book in the series entitled "The Unicorn Chronicles," told in chapters that beg to be read aloud. Cara is a young teenage heroine who has denied her family heritage as a Hunter, and returns to earth at the bidding of the dying unicorn queen. Cara's mission--to rescue her grandmother, the Wanderer. Cara's quick-witted heroism and her bond of strong female characters make for a strong and appealing read. The novel's greatest strength, though, lies in Cara's vibrant search to find herself during her quest to rediscover her parents; this subtext provides a quiet depth to the simple adventure narrative. Genre: Fantasy/Adventure. 1999, Scholastic, Ages 9 to 12, $16.95. Reviewer: Peter E. Morgan
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Gr 5-8-Although Coville does summarize the main events in Into the Land of the Unicorns (Scholastic, 1994), this book will appeal most to those who have read the first volume. Characterization of reappearing characters is limited and an understanding of the core story (the evil Beloved's reason for hating and hunting unicorns) is assumed. Cara's story picks up only days after the events of the first book have concluded and moves at a rapid pace. It is filled with magical creatures, strange encounters, and dramatic confrontations. Charged by the queen with the task of rescuing her grandmother from this world and taking her back to Luster, Cara must again evade the relentless pursuit of Beloved and the Hunters. Many of the situations and characters may seem somewhat predictable to sophisticated readers of fantasy, but Coville does include a spectacular plot twist that will surprise even the most well read among them. While Cara's quest comes to a successful conclusion, Coville leaves plenty of threads dangling, ensuring that his fans will eagerly anticipate the conclusion of his trilogy. While waiting, they may want to check out books by Patricia Wrede, Gail Carson Levine, and Donna Jo Napoli, all of whom incorporate familiar fantasy and fairy-tale elements into imaginative, well-written novels.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-The second book of The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville (Scholastic, 1999) finds Cara on an exciting quest. She must make her way through the magical world of Luster to the unicorn queen, who asks Cara to bring back her grandmother Ivy so that old wounds can be healed. Believing that her grandmother, known to the unicorns as "The Wanderer," is on Earth, Cara must find a way home with the help of her growing list of companions. Filled with peril, humor, and many surprising revelations, Cara's quest takes her back to Earth, only to find her grandmother trapped in a mysterious dimension by the evil Beloved, whose greatest desire is to destroy all unicorns. Although Cara's father is a Hunter, one of Beloved's loyal warriors, a touching reconciliation between father and daughter is affected when he realizes that all he previously believed is untrue. Coville leaves the ending open, but does give some closure by revealing the mystery of Ivy's past and her relationship to the unicorns. Those unfamiliar with the first book in the series, Into the Land of the Unicorns (Scholastic, 1994), will likely be confused by a number of plot points and the sparse characterization in Song of the Wanderer, and will have to rely on the voice characterizations of this talented cast in order to better identify the characters. As the 12-year-old Cara, Carmen Viviano-Crafts compellingly conveys the confusion and deep longings of this young heroine seeking to understand her purpose in life. Jackie Grace as M'Gama lends the role of the Geomancer the full gravitas and majesty required. A real highlight is the several versions of the poignant titular "Song of the Wanderer," beautifully rendered by the cast. Briskly paced, emotionally moving, and featuring compelling female characters, this traditional fantasy will leave listeners longing for the next book in the series.-B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590459532
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: Unicorn Chronicles Series , #2
  • Pages: 288
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville has received over a dozen Children's Choice Awards, and has written more than ninety popular books for young people, including MY TEACHER IS AN ALIEN, INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS, SONG OF THE WANDERER, and THE MONSTER'S RING. His most recent novel, DARK WHISPERS, is the third book in his beloved Unicorn Chronicles series. He lives in Syracuse, New York, with his wife, Katherine.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Worst book I have EVER read! It has a horrible plot and it is ju

    Worst book I have EVER read! It has a horrible plot and it is just about Cara meeting up with all these people that are probably only in the book to make it longer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2009

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    Worth the wait...

    The author writes a wonderful story and at times I couldn't put the book down...I love the characters and following them on their journey!

    I read the first book years ago, but couldn't find the second one. When I moved just a few months ago I came across the first book again and decided to search for the series. I was so thrilled to find a second and third book were out! I reread the first one, got the second and will be purchasing the third soon.
    My roommate thought I was a little silly for talking about unicorns (I'm 26 now) and then she read the first book and loved it, she then flew through the second and can't wait to read the third (she's a few years older than me).
    Great series for any age!

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    Adventure

    reading the second book was just as goos as the frist one but this one is just adding more action and excitment to the whole story i read this whole book and had to get the last one Dark Whisper just to find out what happens at the end of the story it is a page turner all three were hard to put down

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

    Third book still not around?

    I remember reading both books of this series in 5th grade and I couldn't wait for the third one to come out. Its been 6 years and still waiting! Overall this book is wonderful, sad to say I really don't think the next one is coming anytime soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

    ANNOYED AND STILL WAITING

    mr.coville,i dont know if u ever read these or not but guess what??!!!!i read into the land of the unicorns and thought it was great(i was seven and hooked),then song of the wanderer came out in 2001,after waiting for 3 years!!!!!!THIS is a series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it cant be stopped at 2 ..................I HAVE WAITED 6 YEARS FOR THE THIRD BOOK TO COME OUT!!!!!6 YEARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!im now 14 years old and im still waiting......forever waiting and angry,and annoyed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Simply Stunning!

    This is an awesome book. I read it in 5th grade and loved it so much that I had to buy it. It's one of my favorite books. It is a fast paced, hard-to-put down type of book. It is a must read for fantasy lovers everywhere. Oh, and Mr. Coville if you are reading this, please write the third one and quick. I'm dying to read it and find out what happens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2006

    UNCOMPLETE

    This book and Into the land of the Unicorns were good.. But they were lacking something important.... like the rest of the SERIES!!! I have been waiting YEARS for the continuation, so far NOTHING. It can not be a series with only TWO books(thats a duet)!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    Introduced me to the world of fantasy

    Song of the Wanderer is a wonderful book filled with fantasy! It's one of my top ten! The Unicorn Chronicles introduced me to fantasy many years ago. I think it was a good start. Please read this book! It's not about phony, rainbow colored unicorns at all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2006

    100% horse lover

    the unicorn chronicles books are amazing! I have read 'into the land of the unicorns' and 'the song of the wanderer'. these stories are truly remarkable! I really hope that a third book will come out soon. Please don't keep me waiting Mr. coville! I'm dying to know what happens next!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    La-ena , someone who love's Unicorns

    I've read the first and second about 5 times. I read the 1st one when I was 13, now I'm 22. I need the third one. Both my mother and I have been waiting for about 2 years. Come on Mr. Coville please make the third.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2005

    Awesome series in dier need of a third book

    Both 'The Song of the Wanderer' and 'Into the Land of the Unicorns' are wonderful books. I am a 30 year old mother of 3. I originally sat down to read just a little of the first book to get my ten year old daughter to read it. Next thing I know I have read both books and my daughter is more than half way through the first. They are wonderful and addictive. What happens next? I have sooo many unanswered questions. Please don't leave me hanging for too long. Thank you Mr. Covile for an amazing family of characters to fall in love with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2005

    Best Book Ever

    Cara is seeking her grandmother. Youve got to read the first,but this book ROCKS MY SOCKS OFF! It is again, heartwarming,touching,and a little sad,but----WHERE IS THE THIRD BRUCE!!! Read it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2005

    good book but where is the next one?!?!

    this was an awesome book, i liked it better than the first one but i'm just wondering... WHERE THE HECK IS THE NEXT BOOK IN THE SERIES? it's been like five years, and we're still waiting! he CAN'T leave us hanging like this! come on mr. coville, THIRD BOOK SOON!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2005

    this is outstanding!Way out!

    the auther explanes it so well!Bruce Covlle you beter hurry on your next book i can`t wait to read whats next.Hurry!Hurry!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2005

    TOTALLY AWESOME!

    I loved this book so much that i have both books in paperback and hardcover. I even dream of what the third book would be like! I hope the third one comes out soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2005

    great

    I read this book a while ago, i loved it. sadly, i don't think there will ever be a thrid as i read about 4 years ago. which is very sad considering the book left at a cliffhanger.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2005

    Where is the third????????????

    I love this book!!!!!!!!!!!! I borrowed it from the libary and bought it soon after. Of coures I need the second and the third but I can't find it. Where is it??????? But anyways this is the best book in the world' and I highly recomend it. Even more if you're a unicorn lover.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Absolutely Terrific!!!!

    I really loved this book. The best I've ever read from all the other horse/unicorn book! Is there going to be a 3rd?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2004

    A GREAT BOOK!

    Song of the Wanderer is a great book! I just finised it today and I finished the first book two days ago. I came online looking to see if there was a third book and was sad to find out there wasn't one yet. :( Bruce you are a brillant writer, don't keep us waiting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2003

    An enchanting tale of human growth & the glory of all unicorns

    I was extremely pleased with this book. I read the first and looked for it's sequal for years. I actually had to put it aside for a while so that I could savor the story longer before I finished it. I can't wait for the next book. Bruce, your fans are counting on you!

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