Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grade 7n/a6.223703

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.

Hardcover, 192 pages
Published on December 23, 2014 by Zonderkidz
ISBN-10: 0310746485
ISBN-13: 9780310746485
25 Book Reviews
  • pickletiger
    pickletigerFriday, July 24, 2015 at 11:45 am44 stars
    This book is absolutely amazing. You actually learn a little about how life was centuries ago while indulging in some great fantasy writing. If you like the dark ages and you like unicorns than you will love this book.
    • UnknownspeicesTuesday, March 3, 2015 at 9:49 am
      Want to read
      • frankybaby
        frankybabyWednesday, February 4, 2015 at 4:28 pm55 stars
        I have read this book but I think this book is for girls and maybe some boys. But still it had a great settings and problem.
        • kuo
          kuoWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:16 pm
          i want to read this book
          • lol360Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 11:10 am
            i really want to read it so so bad
            • SwaggfaceWednesday, January 28, 2015 at 6:59 am
              I want to read it
              • riley-baeTuesday, January 27, 2015 at 3:11 pm
                ummmmm unicorns?????!!!!!
                • quinMonday, January 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm
                  i think this looks cool
                  • denver36
                    denver36Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:55 am
                    it was a awesome book
                    • venturoussets36
                      venturoussets36Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:55 am
                      I thought it was the best book ever