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Song of the Wanderer
Coville, Bruce.
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Having jumped into Luster, the land of unicorns, Cara makes a perilous journey to bring back her grandmother, The Wanderer, in order to release the Queen of the unicorns and allow her to die.
General Note:
Sequel to: Into the land of the unicorns.
Reading Level:
810 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 9.0 32242.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 5.5 14 Quiz: 17152 Guided reading level: NR.


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Here is the mesmerizing sequel to INTO THE LAND OF THE UNICORNS, Book I of Bruce Coville's popular Unicorn Chronicles series.

"The Wanderer is weary," was the message that Cara brought to Luster, and what quickly became her mission.

But it is more complicated than simply bringing her grandmother, the Wanderer, back to Luster: the "gates" between Earth and Luster are only open at certain times and only found in particular locations. And haunting nightmares keep slowing Cara down: nightmares of Beloved, enemy of the unicorns; of the father whose legacy she turned against; and of the mother who deserted her.

In order for Cara to complete her mission and accept her destiny it will take not only trust and belief, but the love of a surprising ally as well.

Author Notes

Bruce Coville was born in Syracuse, New York, on May 16, 1950. He spent one year at Duke University in North Carolina. Coville started working seriously at becoming a writer when he was seventeen. He was not able to start selling stories right away, so he had many other jobs, including toymaker, gravedigger, cookware salesman, and assembly line worker. Eventually, Coville became an elementary teacher, and worked with second and fourth graders.

Coville married Katherine Dietz an artist, and they began trying to create books together. It wasn't until 1977 that they finally sold their first book, The Foolish Giant. They joined together on two other books after that, Sarah's Unicorn and The Monster's Ring, and followed them with Goblins in the Castle, Aliens Ate My Homework, and The World's Worst Fairy Godmother.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. Readers eagerly awaiting the second book in Coville's Unicorn Chronicles will be richly rewarded for their patience with this volume. Into the Land of the Unicorn (1994) was excellent, and this book is even better. When Cara volunteers to return to Earth to bring her grandmother, the Wanderer, back to Luster, she learns it won't be a simple matter. She must cross the wilds of Luster, risking capture by the delvers and by Beloved, her ancient ancestor who has vowed to find a gateway into Luster and destroy the unicorns. Cara is joined again by her old friends Thomas the Tinker, the Squijim, the Dimblethum, and Lightfoot, whose roles have expanded and who seem less cartoonish than in the first book. Coville has increased the urgency and pace of the quest and the danger to Cara and her friends, and he makes the pain of Cara's confrontation with her father and Beloved exceptionally vivid. Readers will again find Coville's mix of adventure, revenge, and loyalty irresistible and will fervently hope they won't have to wait another six years for the book Coville hints about in the final paragraphs of the story. --Chris Sherman

Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-Although Coville does summarize the main events in Into the Land of the Unicorns (Scholastic, 1994), this book will appeal most to those who have read the first volume. Characterization of reappearing characters is limited and an understanding of the core story (the evil Beloved's reason for hating and hunting unicorns) is assumed. Cara's story picks up only days after the events of the first book have concluded and moves at a rapid pace. It is filled with magical creatures, strange encounters, and dramatic confrontations. Charged by the queen with the task of rescuing her grandmother from this world and taking her back to Luster, Cara must again evade the relentless pursuit of Beloved and the Hunters. Many of the situations and characters may seem somewhat predictable to sophisticated readers of fantasy, but Coville does include a spectacular plot twist that will surprise even the most well read among them. While Cara's quest comes to a successful conclusion, Coville leaves plenty of threads dangling, ensuring that his fans will eagerly anticipate the conclusion of his trilogy. While waiting, they may want to check out books by Patricia Wrede, Gail Carson Levine, and Donna Jo Napoli, all of whom incorporate familiar fantasy and fairy-tale elements into imaginative, well-written novels.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-The second book of The Unicorn Chronicles by Bruce Coville (Scholastic, 1999) finds Cara on an exciting quest. She must make her way through the magical world of Luster to the unicorn queen, who asks Cara to bring back her grandmother Ivy so that old wounds can be healed. Believing that her grandmother, known to the unicorns as "The Wanderer," is on Earth, Cara must find a way home with the help of her growing list of companions. Filled with peril, humor, and many surprising revelations, Cara's quest takes her back to Earth, only to find her grandmother trapped in a mysterious dimension by the evil Beloved, whose greatest desire is to destroy all unicorns. Although Cara's father is a Hunter, one of Beloved's loyal warriors, a touching reconciliation between father and daughter is affected when he realizes that all he previously believed is untrue. Coville leaves the ending open, but does give some closure by revealing the mystery of Ivy's past and her relationship to the unicorns. Those unfamiliar with the first book in the series, Into the Land of the Unicorns (Scholastic, 1994), will likely be confused by a number of plot points and the sparse characterization in Song of the Wanderer, and will have to rely on the voice characterizations of this talented cast in order to better identify the characters. As the 12-year-old Cara, Carmen Viviano-Crafts compellingly conveys the confusion and deep longings of this young heroine seeking to understand her purpose in life. Jackie Grace as M'Gama lends the role of the Geomancer the full gravitas and majesty required. A real highlight is the several versions of the poignant titular "Song of the Wanderer," beautifully rendered by the cast. Briskly paced, emotionally moving, and featuring compelling female characters, this traditional fantasy will leave listeners longing for the next book in the series.-B. Allison Gray, South Country Library, Bellport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Luster, the world where the unicorns fled to escape the Hunters who have sworn to wipe them out, has dangers of its own -- as Cara discovers when she attempts to cross that world in a desperate effort to rescue her grandmother.Each stage of Cara's journey brings new peril, wondrous new characters, and new clues to the mystery of her grandmother's past. And through it all threads the haunting melody of the Song of the Wanderer, heard in this recording for the first time.From the enchanting flute notes that introduce the story to its stunning conclusion, listeners will find themselves, like Cara, drawn heart and soul into the wonder of Luster. Excerpted from Song of the Wanderer by Bruce Coville All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.