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Grade 4–6—When Princess Eleanor spots a unicorn in the woods near Swinley Castle, she decides he must come with her to Buckingham Palace, not realizing that once the creature leaves both he and the forest will sicken and eventually die. Joyce, the plucky young fairy who observes the unicorn's capture, is sent by her village elders to bring him back. Having never left home before, she has no idea how she is going to manage the task set before her, but she soon encounters castle fairies who give her a map to London, and her quest begins. Meanwhile, Eleanor's sly governess hatches a wicked plot to deceive Eleanor and sell the creature. Unlike most humans, Eleanor can see the fairies that live all around them, and when Joyce arrives at the palace, the two team up to foil the villain. The novel's exposition is somewhat hackneyed and therefore slow going. The characters are stereotypical and never well developed. However, once the fairies and humans are working together, the writing includes humor and cleverness that make the story much more entertaining. Readers who like the triumvirate of fairies, princesses, and unicorns will pick this book up because of the cover. They won't find anything terribly original inside, but they'll enjoy it nonetheless.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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This modern-day fantasy introduces two girls whose lives intersect when they both become devoted to the same unicorn. Joyce is a diminutive fairy whose home, Swinley Forest, can thrive only as long as the seldom-seen unicorn lives there. Princess Eleanor, the only daughter of the English king and queen, finds the beautiful beast during “a Royal hunt” and, encouraged by her wicked governess, takes him home to the castle. The third-person narrative shifts between Princess Eleanor and Joyce, whose brave quest for the unicorn becomes the most satisfying part of the book. Though the characters are rather flat and plot developments are often predictable, not every reader is looking for nuance or surprise. The story’s essential charm will not be lost on those drawn to the book by its pastel-pink cover, which features a girl with wavy blond hair and a unicorn with a wavy blond mane and tail. For larger collections. Grades 3-6. --Carolyn Phelan

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (February 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375855629
  • ASIN: B006CDS7EK
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,247,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kih on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book will be "just right" for 4th and 5th grade girl readers who love fairies, princesses, and unicorns. It has no sexuality, no rough language, and almost no violence (a gun is brandished but not used). It has a mild environmental message, and a stronger message of girl empowerment, as the two heroines both become stronger in different ways: the princess learns to assert herself more, and the fairy succeeds in achieving her quest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on May 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Young fairy, Joyce, is happy when she sees the unicorn of the forest, but she's not happy for long. Princess Eleanor takes the unicorn away, not knowing how her actions will affect the unicorn and the forest.

Now Joyce must set out on a journey to bring the unicorn back to the forest and save her way of life. But it's not an easy task and Joyce is met with many obstacles along the way.

Princess Eleanor meant no harm and is trying to overcome obstacles of her own. Can she help put things right?

Hughes creates a wonderful tale of growth and discovery in THE PRINCESS AND THE UNICORN. This is a fun and enjoyable read.

Reviewed by: Joan Stradling
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Format: Hardcover
The pink cover depicts a golden-haired girl and white, golden-haired unicorn. What young girl wouldn't want to open and read this modern-day fairy tale? And fairy-tale it is! Princess Eleanor, the only daughter of the king and queen of Buckingham Palace, befriends a unicorn she sees at the edge of the royal forest. She entices the unicorn to be her pet, not realizing neither the unicorn nor the forest will thrive in its absence. The fairies of the forest know the dire consequences, and it is up to Joyce, a fairy similar in age to the princess, to get the unicorn back. An empowering coming of age story for girls, this reinforces a strong feminine `can do' perspective, and comes complete with a feminine villain a la Cruella DeVille. One snarky error is detrimental to readers in the know: 3:15 am London time is forged as 9:15 am in America.
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By Mo on July 10, 2015
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I have a one on one book club with my eleven year old grand daughter. This was her choice. I thought it was a very good book for young girls and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. My granddaughter thought it was "wonderful". Now I will pass it on to my ten year old granddaughter and I am sure she will enjoy it too.
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