Title: Unicorn Rescue Society: The Creature of the Pines
Author: Adam Gidwitz , Chris Lenox Smith, Jesse Casey
Genre: Children’s FantasyFiction
Pages: Print 176
Release Date: April 10, 2018
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A fully illustrated, globe-trotting new middle grade fantasy-adventure series about mythical creatures and their cultures of origin, from the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale.
Elliot Eisner isn’t exactly excited about starting at a brand-new school in a brand-new town; he’d much rather stay at home and read a book. But things take an unexpected turn when he finds out his weird new teacher, Professor Fauna, has planned a field trip for Elliot’s very first day. Along with a new friend–brave, outspoken Uchenna Devereaux–Elliot gets caught up in 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.
Unicorn Rescue Society is an exciting and hilarious new series about friendship, adventure, and mythical creatures from around the world by Newbery Honor-winning author Adam Gidwitz teamed up with Mixtape Club founders Jesse Casey and Chris Smith, and Hatem Aly, illustrator of The Inquisitor’s Tale.
Adam Gidwitz is the author of the critically acclaimed, New York Timesbestselling Grimm trilogy. He spent six years researching and writing his Newbery Honor-winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, including a year living in Europe. Adam lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. Find Adam online at adamgidwitz.com or @AdamGidwitz.
Chris Lenox Smith is the Creative Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Chris is a two-time winner of the ADC Young Guns Award for animation and music composition, his work spans across media, from short films and commercial work to musical scores that marry influences from the precomputer era with modern techniques.
Jesse Casey is the Managing Director and cofounder of Mixtape Club, an award-winning audiovisual creative studio. Mixtape works with a range of brands and artists, including Google, HBO, ESPN, Spotify, Primus, and They Might Be Giants, to create memorable, narrative-driven films. Drawing from his twin backgrounds in computer programming and printmaking, Jesse’s work embraces contemporary technology as a means to recreate the craft and artistry of classic film and animation.
Hatem Aly is an Egyptian-born illustrator whose work has been featured on television and in multiple publications worldwide. He currently lives in New Brunswick, Canada, with his wife, son, and more pets than people. Find him online at metahatem.com or @metahatem.
Unicorn Rescue Society is a book that will take anyone on an adventure through a forest. In this imaginative tale, two young students make some unlikely friends as they discover the real secrets of the Pines. It’s Elliot’s first day of school, and he has already been roped into an adventure by his new best friend, Uchenna. Uchenna is spunky, outgoing, and not afraid to go on experience. The author did a fantastic job capturing my attention and portraying teachers in a different light. The two adventurers become friends with the teacher they feared the most, Mr. Fauna. But, Mr. Fauna harbors many secrets about the Pines and the mythical creatures that lie within. The two must learn who to trust and learn new ways to protect their newfound friends. I recommend this book to anyone in elementary. This adventurous novel takes any reader on a mythical journey through friendship, trust, and the Pines.
Question: What mythical creature would you like to meet?
-I would actually like to meet a mermaid. I would love to get a selfie with one. It partly has to do with my name being Ariel but, also I think mermaids are interesting creatures. I would also like to meet a Pegasus and see if it will take me on a ride.-
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