Plague of Unicorns, by Jane Yolen
Working with Jane Yolen on this illustrated adventure was wonderful fun! Humor abounds in this middle-grade, historical, tale of heroes, unicorns, dukes, and abbeys.
Yolen (Owl Moon) weaves a magical yet believable tale of myth and magic in this charming middle-grade fantasy. In the mythical kingdom of Callanshire, James, son of the Duke of Callander, is sent away at age nine to study at Cranford Abbey. The abbey, struggling to stay financially solvent, plans to make its extraordinary golden Hosannah apples into cider for sale. Unfortunately, unicorns also love these delicious apples. No matter how the monks try, they cannot get rid of the horned orchard raiders until James summons a singer named Sandy, who may have a way with unicorns...
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