The Unicorn Quest (Paperback)

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In this fantasy story we meet two adventurous girls. Claire and Sophie are sisters and found a secret world when they climb up a ladder in their Great Aunt Dinnas fire place. One night Sophie went missing and Claire went looking for her sister. She went up the ladder to the secret world. Meeting a bunch of cool people that became friends on the way that helped her find Sophie. When she found her sister she found out that she is the Princess of Arden. I really liked this book because I loved all the different and cool personalities of all the characters. I love all the adventure in all the characters and what I loved the most was all the unexpected turns and events.

— Zoie, Pagemasters Club at Lawrence Elementary School in Arvada, CO


An enchanting, exciting fantasy about a real-world girl searching for her sister in a land full of magic and strange creatures, blending the timeless feel of A Wrinkle in Time with Frozen's powerful themes of identity, enchantment, and sisterhood.

Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor . . . until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden.

There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other, the beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret.

A Kids' Indie Next Selection
A Mighty Girl Best Book of the Year
An ALA Top Ten First Novel for Youth

About the Author

Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as a children's book editor. She currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots. In addition to the Unicorn Quest trilogy, she is the author of the original Frozen novel that bridges the events of Disney's massively successful animated movie and its upcoming sequel.
@kkbenko (Twitter)

Praise For…

"Fans of magic and fantasy, especially those who love Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time . . . [or] Neil Gaiman’s Coraline, can’t miss this debut" - Booklist, starred review

"Hand to readers who love Narnia." - School Library Journal

"Rich worldbuilding and high stakes make this a quest worth taking with a protagonist who grows by facing her fears." - Kirkus Reviews

"Enter and be transported to a lush land full of intrigue, danger, and thrilling magic! Benko’s sharp storytelling will keep readers madly flipping the pages in this new, timeless adventure. Spectacular!" - Jennifer Lynn Alvarez, author of The Guardian Herd and Riders of the Realm series

"An adventure-quest brimming with magic and heart. Benko reaches the child in all of us who secretly hopes that a door is never just a door. Mesmerizing." - Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author

"The Unicorn Quest draws you into a richly imagined alternate world, keeps you on edge with clever twists and turns, then leaves you breathless as it gallops to its sensational climax!" - Bruce Coville, author of The Unicorn Chronicles series

"Filled with wondrous surprises, fascinating magic, and appealing characters, it hits all the right notes, and I loved every second of it!" - Sarah Beth Durst, author of JOURNEY ACROSS THE HIDDEN LANDS and THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM

"Utterly delightful! Taps into the wonderful childhood fantasy of finding a secret door to another world." - Jessica Day George, New York Times bestselling author

"As dazzling and richly imagined as anything I’ve read in years. The Unicorn Quest promises to be a must-read." - Peter Lerangis, New York Times bestselling author

Product Details
ISBN: 9781681199832
ISBN-10: 1681199831
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: The Unicorn Quest