The Resource The unicorn quest, Kamilla Benko

The unicorn quest, Kamilla Benko

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The unicorn quest
Title
The unicorn quest
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Kamilla Benko
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eng
Summary
In an antique-filled mansion, sisters Claire and Sophie find a ladder to the magical land of Arden, where wraiths roam freely, unicorns have disappeared, and the guilds of magic no longer trust each other
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 /* Starred Review */ The first book in an exciting new series, this takes readers into the world of Arden, where, once upon a time, magic thrived, people of all trades mixed and worked together, and unicorns roamed. Then war between the various magical guilds raged, and all the unicorns were lost, save one, which was turned to stone (according to legend, anyway). Hundreds of years later, enter Claire and Sophie Martinson, who, like Lucy and her siblings in Lewis’ classic, find their way to this magical, Narnia-like world through an old house full of unusual artifacts, and are quickly drawn into conflicts within Arden. When older, bolder Sophie disappears, it’s up to shy and careful 11-year-old Claire to find her sister and bring her back home. Benko’s debut ends in an excellent cliff-hanger bridging directly into the plot of the forthcoming second book in the series. The vivid world building and memorable characters add to the fantasy allure, while some truly touching moments of friendship and sisterhood give this story a great deal of heart. Fans of magic and fantasy, especially those who love Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time (1962) or the darker, creepy atmosphere in Neil Gaiman’s Coraline (2002), can’t miss this debut. -- Pino, Kristina (Reviewed 11/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 5, p68)
  • Gr 5–8—A magical story of two sisters, Claire and Sophie, who enter a fantastic land named Arden. While exploring their new home in Windemere Manor, Claire and Sophie discover a land in the heat of battle. The people in charge of magic are fighting and the revered unicorns are missing, all while terrifying creatures called wraiths haunt the land. The sisters sense danger and decide to return home. The true adventure begins when Sophie disappears one night and Claire must return to Arden to find her. Benko crafts fully developed characters and a detailed fantastical world. Though the plot is reminiscent of many of magical fantasy adventure, the suspense and sisterly bonds will keep readers hooked. VERDICT A solid start to a new series. Hand to readers who love Narnia.—April Sanders, Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL --April Sanders (Reviewed 08/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 8, p81)
  • Unity in Arden died with the queen and the unicorns. As a new war threatens to fracture the land, a girl races to rescue her sister and return home. Eleven-year-old white girl Claire Martinson doesn't trust the mysterious ladder in the fireplace of Great-Aunt Diana's mansion, but when her older sister, Sophie (also white), disappears, Claire chases after her into the magical land up the chimney. However, Claire isn't the only one searching for her willful sister. Anvil Malchain, a dangerous treasure hunter, seeks Sophie too—and the unicorn artifact she might have stolen. The four guilds of Arden—Tillers, Forgers, Spinners, and Gemmers—all covet the unicorn artifacts that strengthen their magic. With the help of Nett, a Tiller with light brown skin, and Sena, a white Forger exile, Claire must rescue Sophie before a new war begins. In this debut, Benko constructs a world with a complex history and no clear divides between good and evil; Claire discovers that the legends of Arden's last war don't tell the whole truth. Despite Claire's envy of Sophie's bravery (and easy-to-ponytail straight hair), she rises to overcome her insecurities and unlock her own power to save the people she loves in a satisfying hero's journey. Readers will be pleased to know more adventures in Arden are planned. Rich worldbuilding and high stakes make this a quest worth taking with a protagonist who grows by facing her fears. (Fantasy. 8-12) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10620294
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benko, Kamilla
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
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790L
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MG
LC call number
PZ7.1.B4537
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 5
  • 8
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Unicorn quest
Series volume
1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sisters
  • Magic
  • Unicorns
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The unicorn quest, Kamilla Benko
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  • sheet
  • volume
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  • nb
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  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
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  • cartographic image
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  • cri
  • txt
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  • rdacontent
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Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781681192451
Lccn
2017022320
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
The unicorn quest, Kamilla Benko
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9781681192451
Lccn
2017022320
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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