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A dark inheritance / Chris D'Lacey.

By: D'Lacey, Chris.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Unicorne files ; 01. Publisher: Frome, Somerset : Chicken House, 2014Copyright date: ©2014Description: 273 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781909489653 (paperback).Subject(s): Children's stories | Friendship -- Juvenile fiction | Dogs -- Juvenile fiction | Mothers and sons -- Juvenile fiction | Missing persons -- Juvenile fiction | Secret societies -- Juvenile fiction | Missing persons -- Investigation -- Juvenile fictionDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: When Michael Malone saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE--but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier, and save his new friend, Freya.
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When Michael Malone saves a dog, he discovers that he has paranormal abilities, which bring him to the attention of a secret organization, UNICORNE--but he plans to use the ability to find out what happened to his father, who mysteriously vanished three years earlier, and save his new friend, Freya.

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From UNICORNE FILES #1: A DARK INHERITANCE "What about Dad?" "What about him, Michael?" "There must be some way to bring him back. You said I could find him. What do I do?" "Nothing," he said. "You do nothing about your father, unless we request it. UNICORNE will continue the search for now." So why was I even in the car? "I need to know where he is, Mr. Klimt. You have to let me help you. You have to. Please." "And how do you propose I go about this?" "Do tests. Whatever. Like you did with Dad. Let me be a part of your organization. Make me a member of UNICORNE." He looked down into his lap and smiled. "You would be a boy in an unsafe world. You have no idea what dangers could await you." "I don't care. I'll do anything to get Dad home. Let me prove myself to you. Give me a job. There must be something I can do." The car rolled to a halt. "Please, Mr. Klimt." His eyes looked up to a gap in the screen; a signal to the driver not to open the door yet. "Very well," he said. "I will give you a task. But there are rules, Michael. Serious rules. If you break them you will put yourself in jeopardy, and all chance of finding your father will be gone. There are people out there, other organizations, who would stop at nothing to access your abilities. This episode with the dog will not have gone unnoticed." I gulped and gave a quick nod. "Rule number one. You do not speak about UNICORNE to anyone, not even to your family, and certainly not to your friends. Anything you find, you share only with me, Chantelle, or Mulrooney. Do I have your word on this?" "Yes. Where do I start?" "Find out about the dog." Excerpted from A Dark Inheritance by Chris d'Lacey 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.

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Publishers Weekly Review

This is an adventure story, a mystery, a paranormal tale, and a coming-of-age story, and narrator Corkhill does a terrific job keeping all that straight in his reading of d'Lacey's enthralling story. Young teen Michael has just discovered he has the ability to alter reality when he is recruited by Unicorne, a group that investigates paranormal activity. The strange leader of the group, a man named Klimt, hints that he may have information about Michael's father's disappearance three years earlier. Michael reluctantly joins Unicorne and begins an investigation that brings him closer to a goth girl classmate who may be more than she seems. Corkhill's reading of the many characters is suitably varied. Michael and the other students in his class are believably young, and the Unicorne mastermind has a delightfully creepy and sinister, high-pitched German accent. Corkhill also convincingly portrays middle-aged women, random working-class cops, and a breathlessly sexy French woman. The book is filled with action, mystery, ghosts, robots, dragons, UFOs, murder, and preternatural powers, which all seem perfectly reasonable when Corkhill is reading. His posh accent anchors the story to reality and lets listeners suspend their disbelief and enjoy the whirlwind adventure. Ages 8-12. A Scholastic hardcover. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-7-Michael has been feeling a bit off lately. He feels a tightness of breath, which the doctors say is asthma, but he knows better-something is happening to him. A freak accident helps him discover his ability to alter time, which catapults him from everyday kid to new recruit in UNICORNE. The secret organization is dedicated to unearthing supernatural events, and they need Michael's help. In exchange, they'll provide information on his father, who disappeared three years ago. Desperate to find his father and gain a better understanding of his abilities, Michael agrees. Raphael Corkhill narrates the book using various tones and pitches for each character. Those expecting a fast-paced novel will be disappointed by the story's long build up and characters that seem more adult. Strictly an additional purchase where the print version is popular or for clamoring fans of d'Lacey's "Dragon Chronicles" (Scholastic) series.-Katie Llera, Bound Brook High School, NJ (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

When Michael discovers he can alter reality, he catches the attention of the secret society UNICORNE. Its representative, Mr. Klimt, claims to have information about the disappearance of Michael's father. He offers to share information in exchange for Michael's help, but Michael soon discovers a deadly secret lurking in his own town. From ghosts to mental powers to dragons to androids, best-selling author d'Lacey throws a lot of things into this first volume of the UFiles series. The plethora of ingredients means that no one element, including the characters, is explored in very much detail, but the story moves along quickly and keeps readers guessing. Though Michael spends much of this volume confused as he trips over one bizarre twist after another, and he and his sister occasionally seem too adult for their years, they are likable and readers will have no trouble rooting for them. Fans of d'Lacey's fantasy-heavy Last Dragon Chronicles series may be caught off guard by the sci-fi focus, but with tantalizing adventures yet to come, it's likely they will stick around for future installments. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: D'Lacey has a built-in audience after his Last Dragon Chronicles series hit the New York Times best-seller list. Don't be surprised if they turn out for this series, too.--Wildsmith, Snow Copyright 2010 Booklist

Horn Book Review

After Michael discovers he has paranormal abilities, he's inducted (somewhat reluctantly on his part) into a mysterious group of others like him dedicated to investigating unexplained supernatural phenomena. Leveraging UNICORNE to help, Michael tries to harness his powers to search for his missing father. Humor is interjected into the dramatic and thrilling plot, serving to lighten a story overwhelmed with clichis. (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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