Unicorn Rescue Society, Book 1: The Creature of the Pines

Unicorn Rescue Society, Book 1:  The Creature of the Pines

Unicorns are real. (At least we think they are.)

Are you ready to protect the creatures of myth and legend? Then you belong in The Unicorn Rescue Society. HURRY–THE CREATURES NEED YOU!

Elliot Eisner isn't exactly thrilled with the first day at his new school. His class is going on a field trip to a creepy forest called the Pine Barrens. The trip is being led by Professor Fauna, the weirdest teacher Elliot has ever met. And the only kid who will talk to Elliot, Uchenna Devereaux, isn’t afraid of danger. She likes danger.

Elliot and Uchenna are about to become part of a secret group of adventurers, The Unicorn Rescue Society, whose goal is to protect and defend the world’s mythical creatures. Together with Professor Fauna, Elliot and Uchenna must help rescue a Jersey Devil from a duo of conniving, greedy billionaires, the Schmoke Brothers.

Join Elliot and Uchenna on their very first quest as members of the Unicorn Rescue Society in this brand-new fantasy-adventure series from Adam Gidwitz, the beloved bestselling and Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitors Tale and A Tale Dark & Grimm. Illustrated throughout, this is the perfect fit for newly independent readers looking for a story full of adventure, fun, and friendship.--from the publisher

192 pages     978-0735231702    Ages 8-12

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A field trip day.  Uchenna and Elliot get on the bus with the rest of the middle schoolers and their teacher, Dr. Fauna who is rumored to have a torture chamber in the basement of their school.  They're all headed off to the Barren Pines of New Jersey.

The bus arrives, everyone disembarks and follows the leader down the sandy path until Uchenna and Elliott are surprised by a snarling sound that no one else seems to notice.  When they follow the sound off the path, they discover a small creature with a strange resemblance to a small dragon.  Whatever it is, it's the strangest creature they have ever seen.

They're just as surprised when they get back on the bus and the creature flies in the window and starts eating Elliot's tuna sandwich.  The creature has mysteriously turned invisible. What is it?  How can they protect it?  If scientists get their hands on it, it will never be free again.  Maybe Dr. Fauna holds some answers.

Recommended by:  Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com

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