A Plague of Unicorns
:Young James, an earl's son, is a bit bothersome and always asking the oddest questions. In despair---the last of James? tutors having quit---his mother sends him off to be educated at Cranford Abbey. She feels the strict regimen will do...
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:Young James, an earl's son, is a bit bothersome and always asking the oddest questions. In despair---the last of James? tutors having quit---his mother sends him off to be educated at Cranford Abbey. She feels the strict regimen will do him a world of good. But Cranford Abbey has its own problems. It has been falling into disrepair. The newly appointed Abbot Aelian takes it upon himself to save the abbey with the use of his secret weapon: a recipe for golden apple cider passed down in his family for many generations. He believes that by making and selling the cider, the monks will raise necessary funds to restore the abbey to its former glory. Abbot Aelian has everything he needs---almost. One obstacle stands in his way, unicorns that happen to feast specifically on the golden apples. Abbot Aelian and his men must fight off the unicorns to make the cider. He and the monks try to form a battalion to fight off the beasts; next they import heroes to fight for them. But the heroes run off, monks are injured, and a herd of ravenous unicorns continue munching. After no success, the abbot finally calls upon the most unlikely of heroes, one suggested by no other than young James. That hero is small and unprepossessing but possesses the skill to tame the beasts. Though wildly skeptical, Abbot Aelian must risk everything and believe in this recommended stranger or risk the fall of Cranford Abbey.
Jane Yolen, February 11, 1939 - Jane Yolen was born February 11, 1939 in New York City. She attended New York's PS 93, then Hunter Junior High. She spent her high school years at Stapler High School in Westport Connecticut and earned her BA from Smith College in 1960. Yolen is married to Professor David W. Stemple with whom she has three children, all of who have written books with her. She is known far and wide for her novel "The Devil's Arithmetic." Yolen taught Children's Literature at Smith College for a time, and she is also a past president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. She has had the distinction of being a member of the Board as Directors of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Yolen retains the title of Editor in Chief of the fantasy/science fiction imprint for Harcourt Brace's Children's Book Department: Jane Yolan Books. Amazingly, she has authored over 150 books for children, young adults and adults. Her most widely read novels include the "Emperor and the Kite" (1968), "Owl Moon" (1980) and of course "The Devil's Arithmetic" which tells the story of the life of a Jew in a concentration camp. Yolen has won a multitude of medals for her work, some of which include the Kerlan Award, the Regina Medal, the Keene State Children's Literature Award, the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award.