Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Unicorn in the Barn by Jacqueline Ogburn - ADVISABLE

Ogburn, Jacqueline The Unicorn in the Barn, 290 pages.  Houghton, 2017.  $17.  Content: G.

Eric Harper is still sad that his family had to sell his grandparents’ farm after his grandmother became sick enough that she needs full time care.  A veterinarian has moved in with her daughter, who doesn’t seem to like Eric at all.  But he can’t stay away – especially when he sees a unicorn limping its way to the barn.  He talks his way into becoming a helper around the clinic and is introduced to a wider field of animals then he ever knew.

Ogburn does such a great job it integrating the care of magical creatures along side regular animals without becoming sparkly magic.  It remains grounded in a place that keeps the fantasy special.  Eric fumbles, making mistakes, but learns and grows and suffers just like he should.  Loved it.

EL –ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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