The Unicorn Quest by Kamilla Benko

“She might not have been the tallest or the bravest, but she was a good listener — she had to be, if she wanted to learn important things. From experience, Claire knew that the biggest bits of news were often told in the quietest of voices.”

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The Unicorn Quest is a fun middle grade novel with plenty of spunk. Claire Martinson is an ordinary girl who, with the help of her older sister Sophie, discovers an extraordinary passageway into a mythical land called Arden.

There is plenty to like about this adventure tale – Claire is intelligent and kind, a loyal friend and a talented artist. She loves her sister Sophie more than anything in the world and isn’t afraid to do whatever it takes to save her when she goes missing in Arden, even if it means facing her fears alone.

I’ve got to admit, I’m a sucker for books with secret passageways into other worlds, and I love all things unicorn. Those were two of the main reasons I picked this one up. While Arden was a very cool mystical land, one I’m sure that my younger self would have loved to visit, I was disappointed by the lack of unicorns in this unicorn quest. It is surprisingly sparse. I do think a sequel is in the works, which will hopefully make all of my unicorn dreams come true, but I think this book would have been better with more unicorns. Or, with a slighly different title so that readres don’t go into thinking there are going to be tons of unicorns throughout.

Overall, a good read for kids, and it would definitely be a fun one to read aloud.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars 


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