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Unicorns Of Balinor #01: Road To Balinor, The Paperback – May 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Series: Unicorns Of Balinor (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks (May 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439062802
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439062800
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

You never know what will happen next!!!!!!!
Tori
It has great imagery & you can actually see what the characters see, sort of like your in their head.
April
At first I thought this book looked like stupid children's fantasy.
K.D.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10, 2000
Format: Paperback
At a bookfair at my school, I bought a few books, including the first 3 Unicorn of Balinor books. At first I thought that I had bought some baby books, with a happily ever after ending and story. I was sooo wrong! I read all the books very quickly, and I keep re-reading them, without getting bored of them. They are great books to anyone who loves horses, adventure, and plain fun in books. The first book is basically a begining to the rest of the books, and it is best to start with it. And you don't really understand anything, until the second book. And at the end of the first book, it ends like: There was a sign. And the sign said: Welcome to Balinor. She took one step forward, then another. Becuase I had the second book, I read it, and that's when I really liked the series. So my advice is: If you want to get this book, then get the second, too, or you'll miss the point in it, and you probably won't want to read on. I'm only a 12 year old girl, but as you have seen with other revies about the series, several different ages enjoy it. I hope that this revies helped you, and that you try out the book.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on June 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
"The Road to Balinor," by Mary Stanton, is number 1 in the Unicorns of Balinor series. This is a fantasy tale about a race of intelligent unicorns who live in a realm apart from, but connected to, Earth. As the story opens we discover that one of the unicorns and his human companion have both been injured and are in a precarious situation in the human world.
Overall I enjoyed the story. Stanton is especially effective in her presentation of interspecies relationships in a fantasy setting. There is also an intriguing villain.
At times I found the language a little too corny and New Age-y for my tastes. I also didn't like the fact that the book really doesn't hold up as a stand-alone story; the cliffhanger ending seems to lead directly into volume 2. But the imaginative story, together with some clever touches along the way, make it a solid fantasy effort.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
In this book, Ari Langley and Chase, her horse, have endured an awful accident. As Ari struggles to remember things, and overcome obstacles in her everyday life at Glacier River Farm, Atalanta, the Dreamspeaker (a Celestial Unicorn in Balinor) watches over her and gradually tries to let Ari know that Ari's not who she thinks. Ari is really Princess Arianna, and her horse is really Sunchaser, a mighty and majestic unicorn. Arianna and Sunchaser were sent to our world for protection against the Shifter, who has caused much havoc in Balinor. Now Balinor--and Arianna and Sunchaser--are in grave danger, so the two companions must travel back to Balinor to claim what is rightfully theirs and save the kingdom.
The world of Magic has long since held our fascination, as well as the mythical creatures the word evokes. Unicorns are the most magical, purest creatures ever, and it is fitting that they receive a storyline such as this. The balance between good and bad is very balanced and the characters are so wonderfully written, that one can clearly imagine the Unicorns speaking (and not at all like Mr. Ed).
I proudly admit that I'm 28 years old with two children of my own and I love these books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "tigerlizard" on May 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book explains a lot about how the whole series began, and has a great plot with loads of suspense, happiness, and suspicion! There are so many parts in each book of this series where I go, "Oh, NO, that person should not be trusted, they're going to take the JEWEL! Stay away from them!", etc, as it's all very suspenseful with so many twists, and I love it! Sure, some parts can be quite scary, while others can be really cool and make you wish you could have a unicorn or that the Balinor land really does exist, but this book is awesome! I, individually, am very sensative to scary things, yet the frightening scenes in here are good, not the kind of scary where I can't sleep at night, the kind of good scary where I am fearful only at the moment the scene is occuring, then I switch back to being my normal self.
This is one GREAT book any horse or unicorn lover would have a fabulous time reading!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tori on August 30, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am a huge fan of fantasy and this book is great! It may be short, but it moves along fast and has lots of adventure. You never know what will happen next!!!!!!! This book is about a girl called Arianna, Ari for short. Ari has fallen from her world of Balinor into our world. But, after a terrible accident that broke both her legs, Ari does not remember who she is, the Princess of Balinor. Her bonded unicorn, Sunchaser, the Lord of the Animals, has also lost his horn, jewel, and memory. Can they restore all that is lost and bring peace back to Balinor? Read and find out!!!!
Other good books:
"The Dragon Chronicles"
"The Book of Night With Moon"
"Into the Land of the Unicorns"
"The Circle of Magic" series
"The Immortals" series
"The song of the Lioness" quartet
"His Dark Materials" trilogy
"The Sight" and "Firebringer"
"Growing Wings"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a reader from texas on July 24, 2003
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these are such good books that i have read them over and over. I love how the Sunchaser and Ari are bonded and how they help each other through tough times and make so many kewl freinds. I give this whole seires 5 stars cuz they are the best unicorn books i have read. if you think that unicorns are all wild and noone can ride them then i think youre mistaken because many books present unicorns as friends to humans and in certain circumstances allow humans to ride them even though they do not nessicarly like it. onc again i say these are great books for anybody ppl of all ages could read these books.
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More About the Author

Mary Stanton has been writing professionally most of her adult life. She divides her time between a goat farm in upstate New York near the Finger Lakes region and a small home in West Palm Beach.

Stanton is the oldest daughter of William Bishop Whitaker and Caroline Whitaker, both of whom were college professors for parts of their careers. She has two sisters; Cynthia Bishop Whitaker, Esquire of Seattle, Washington and Deborah Susan Whitaker Hairston of Ithaca, New York. She was born in Winter Park, Florida while her father was Dean of Men at Rollins College. When William Whitaker was recruited back into the Navy in the early fifties, he and his family were posted to Japan. Leaving active Naval service for the Reserves and a position in the State Department, Whitaker was posted to Hawaii where he occupied a position as Director of Educational Services for Southeast Asia.

Stanton grew up in Hawaii and graduated from Kailua High School. She left the Islands for undergraduate school in the late sixties. She attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota and received a B.A. in philosophy and literature from the University of Minnesota. She attended a year of law school, then a year of graduate school majoring in Rehabilitation Therapies. She worked at a series of jobs in Minnesota, including a year as a nightclub singer as part of Sheik's Singing Sextette, a medical examiner for Social Security, a claims adjuster for Crum&Forster Insurance Company and Director of Volunteer Services for Hastings State Hospital. She married Robert Tom Nelson in 1967. The marriage ended in divorce.

In the mid-seventies, Stanton left Minnesota for Rochester, New York. She worked for Aetna Life & Casualty Insurance Companies, one of the first outside female claims adjusters in the United States. She began a career as a copywriter in the early eighties, working for several advertising agencies and Xerox Corporation until she opened her own marketing communications company in 1985. The company specialized in the research and writing of Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award applications. Clients included Xerox Corporation, Westinghouse, American Express, and Eastman Kodak Company. Stanton took on a junior partner, Daniel J.Hucko, in 1985, and sold the business to Young and Rubicam in 1992. She left the business in 1994 to write full time.

She married Robert J. Stanton Esquire of Walworth, New York in 1974. There are three stepchildren from that marriage; John Robert Stanton, Harry Cole Stanton, and Julie Stanton Schwatrz.

Stanton's career as a fiction writer began with the publication of her first novel, The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West, in 1984. A beast fable similar in tone and theme to Watership Down, it was published in the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan. The sequel to that novel, Piper at the Gates, appeared in 1989. She sold her first mystery to The Berkley Publishing Group in 1994. In all, Stanton has written nineteen mystery novels, two adult fantasy novels, eleven novels for middle-grade readers (including the successful series, The Unicorns of Balinor), and three scripts for a television cartoon series, Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders, as well as edited three short story anthologies. Her nonfiction articles on horse care and veterinary medicine have appeared in national and regional magazines.

Mary publishes the Hemlock Falls mysteries under the name Claudia Bishop. See the Claudia Bishop web site for more information: claudiabishop.com

Stanton's interests outside writing have remained consistent over the years. She is a horsewoman, a goat aficionado, an enthusiastic (if inept) gardener, and a fan of gourmet food, but not an expert. She has developed a writing program for teens and middle grade readers that has had considerable success in schools.

Stanton has been a dedicated reader all her life, with particular emphasis on biography, history, veterinary science, medicine, psychology and current affairs. She is a member of the Mystery Writers of America. She may be contacted through her literary agent, Eleanor Wood of the Spectrum Literary Agency, 320 Central Park West Suite 1-D, New York, NY 10025.