Review Blog

Nov 03 2011

Unicorn riders series by Aleesah Darlison

cover image

Ill. by Jill Brailsford. Walker Books, 2011.
(Age 7-10) Recommended. Four young girls, Willow, Ellabeth, Quinn and Krystal and their magical unicorns feature in this fascinating series for young girls. The young unicorn riders live in the kingdom of Avamay and are sent off on dangerous missions when their country and its people are in danger. Not only do they have action packed adventures, each girl manages to find her inner strength, overcoming fears and obstacles and becoming stronger in themselves.
I really enjoyed the books in this series. I loved how the girls were introduced in the front of each book. Each girl has her own symbol, which fits with her personality, her own uniform colour and special gifts. The unicorns too have different horns and special gifts, which help the girls on their missions. Young girls will have fun deciding which rider most appeals to them and which personality most fits their own and their friends. Jill Brailsford's illustrations have ensured that the reader has a clear picture in her head of the different girls and their personalities shine through the simple black line drawings. The girls' large eyes are sure to appeal to young readers and each has a distinct hairstyle. The unicorns, too, are quite unique both in their appearance and personality.
The girls are courageous and bright and have a wonderful relationship with their unicorns. Each book features a different girl and her unicorn, facing danger and becoming more self-confident and self-reliant. Quinn must solve riddles in the first in the series,Quinn's riddles. Girls will love the challenge of trying to work out what the message is in the rhymes that the Prince's kidnappers send. Willow learns how to forgive her uncle in the second story Willow's challenge, while managing to lead the riders and save the town of Arlen. In Krystal's choice, Krystal has to decide whether she wants to be a Rider and in Ellabeth's test, Ellabeth must overcome her self doubts, and learn how to be a leader when Willow is injured.
This is an excellent series for young girls. It combines all the ingredients that make for a good read - magical creatures, adventurous girls and dangerous missions as well as giving girls the opportunity to think about issues such as forgiveness, leadership, family and what is important in life.
The books are:
Quinn's riddles by Aleesah Darlison. Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 9781921529979.
Willow's challenge by Aleesah Darlison. Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 9781921529986.
Ellabeth's test by Aleesah Darlison. Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 9781921720000.
Krystal's choice by Aleesah Darlison. Walker Books, 2011. ISBN 9781921529993.
Pat Pledger

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
CBCA shortlists 2017
2017 ABIA longlist
The Stella Prize shortlist for 2017
YA Book Prize 2017 shortlist
Reading Children's book prize shortlist
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates