The Unicorn's Tale is Book 4 in the series Nathaniel Fludd : Beastologist. Nate and his aunt Phil are summoned to the Broceliande Forest in France to check up on a unicorn that has been acting strange. While Nate would rather search for information about his missing parents, he and Aunt Phil head to the forest to examine the unicorn. Unfortunetly Obediah Fludd, another relative follows them there and threatens to harm the unicorn. He claims to have information about Nate's parents. In exhange for the parents and the unicorn's safety Obediah wants the Book of Beasts. Will Aunt Phil and Nate trade the book for the unicorn's safety? Are Nate's parents alive? What is wrong with the unicorn anyway? You'll have to read the book to find out!
Readers are quickly caught up in the events of the previous books so reading them prior to this one is not necessary. However, they may just want to read the first three books after this one and will certainly await the next installement as I do. The book is infused with fantasy and mystery while being funny at the same time. The adventurous aunt, the various beasts and creatures and an era before cell phones and the internet make this a fun read for young readers. Read as an ebook arc courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Netgalley. The Unicorn's Tale will be published in April, 2011 and I recommend it for students in grades 2-6.