Creature of the Pines, Unicorn Rescue Society
Adam Gidwitz, Jesse Casey, Christopher Smith, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
2018 192 pages (Penguin Young Readers Group)
ISBN 13: 9780735231702 ISBN 10: 0735231702
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.
Review from the Story House: I just finished reading Creature of the Pines and loved it. It is perfect for elementary school readers who are just graduating chapter books into Middle Grade novels. There is humor, adventure and a positive messages. As a longtime resident of South Jersey, I especially enjoyed the description of the Pine Barrens and the nod to Jersey culture.