A Plague of Unicorns, by Jane Yolen, is a story set in medieval times. There are problems at Cranford Abbey. The place is falling apart and money is needed to make the necessary repairs. The new Abbot is certain he can raise money by using the golden apples from the orchard to produce and market his family’s recipe for golden apple cider. Unfortunately, he is not the only one interested in these apples. The competition comes from a herd of unicorns that insist on eating the golden apples. This is no ordinary group of unicorns as they are resourceful and very good at defending themselves from those who try to get rid of them. Such is the situation young James finds when he arrives at the Abbey for his education. James is both a curious child and a thinker and he offers to call in a hero to deal with the problem. Will his hero succeed?
The author has crafted a delightful and imaginative tale. It is written with wit, thoughtfulness and heart. Characters and setting blend perfectly. Even though the book is suggested for middle readers, I feel it would appeal to readers of all ages. I loved reading it.
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