Posted by panaura on 12th February 2010
This week I visited two of the most imaginative worlds in young adult fiction–Luster and Middlemost! First I traveled through Luster, the land of unicorns, found inside Bruce Coville’s The Unicorn Chronicles. In book #1, Into the Land of Unicorns, Cara discovers the stunning and magical land for the very first time. But she’s on a mission. Her grandmother has sent her to seek the Queen of Unicorns and relay a message: The wanderer is weary. Cara has no time to ponder the strange message. A man is after her. Somehow she and her new mystical friends must find the Queen before her pursuer tracks her down.
Second a ventured to the planet known as Middlemost, located in the center of the constellation Orion’s Belt. Middlemost is where imaginary friends, a.k.a abstract companions, are born. They’re designed using kids’ ideas that have floated up from Earth. In Scurvy Goonda by Chris McCoy, we follow 14 year old Ted Merritt, who still has an imaginary friend. His pirate pal, Scurvy, hasn’t left his side for 7 years. And Scurvy is starting to cause problems in his social life. Talking to imaginary friends isn’t so cute at 14. All the kids at school think Ted is insane. When Ted uses drastic measures to get rid of Scurvy once and for all, he learns that his actions have caused the entire population of imaginary friends to disappear!
Both books offer an interesting plot, but only Scurvy Goonda will appeal to both boys and girls. The cover of Scurvy Goonda looks so ridiculous that chances are you’d see it on the shelf, laugh and walk right past. But believe me…pick it up! This book is so well written. The whole “imaginary friend” concept does not make this book for little kids. It’ll appeal to young adults and teens!
Into the Land of Unicorns is great for young adult girls. It’s a short book, and gives you a little taste of what’s to come in the much longer sequels.
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