Away from home at sleepaway camp, Lewis and his best friend Rhona discover that unicorns don't just belong in legends and fairy tales. Real unicorns do exist and they need help!
The two friends find themselves caught up in a dangerous adventure to save the world's last herd of wild unicorns. Sneaking out of camp at night, they must track down the captured unicorns, help them escape to safety in the ancient and mysterious forest, and keep them secret so no one can harm them ever again.
Fighting against real-life poachers, and harnessing ancient magic, can they rescue the legendary creatures in time?
'Young readers are bound to fall for Guardians of the Wild Unicorns, an adventure tale that melds the real and the fantastic with warmth and humour.'
– The Herald
'Lewis and Rhona's heroic story is suffused with genuinely funny moments, as well as a real sense of jeopardy and some painful revelations about their personal circumstances. Set in the stunning wilderness of the Scottish Highlands, and with an underlying environmental message, this adventure thriller for middle grade readers mixes mythology and suspense in a contemporary page-turner.'
'Littleson has achieved something impressive: an entirely new and topical angle on the unicorn myth. Land ownership and land use, biodiversity and conservation issues are all explored in subtle ways, opening many possible avenues for learning to classroom teachers. But first and foremost, Guardians of the Wild Unicorns is a story – an adventure of young people defying their fears and breaking the rules to achieve something worth fighting for. They may be insecure, lonely, incapable or burdened with responsibilities they did not seek, but their choices can make a positive difference – an empowering concept for young readers...Solid, sure storytelling.'
– The Wee Review, 5 Stars
'Guardians of the Wild Unicorns is a fantastically enchanting and exciting adventure story that absolutely grips you from the first page. Set against a real and familiar background, it is a believable and engaging tale of friendship, human nature and magical unicorns... A fantastic adventure and a powerful novel which I absolutely loved!'
– Unicorns and Kelpies Blog
'This story [is] full of hope, adventure, & purity, & is just so full of HEART. It was so heart-warming to read & was one of those books that just makes you feel good inside. Y’all should totally grab yourself a copy.'
– Writing With Wolves Blog
'The quality of writing throughout is wonderful... This is Littleson's most assured work yet, and once again she pulls no punches as she delves deep into her leading characters' previously hidden home lives to show the resilience the youth of today require.'
– John O'Groats Journal
'A thrilling adventure told from alternative points of view that will appeal to both boys and girls. The story is wonderfully atmospheric and mythical with a conservation undercurrent alongside complex family issues. Children will be enthralled by these magnificently wild unicorns.'
– South Wales Evening Post
'Lindsay Littleson has been bold enough to strip away the sparkle and return the unicorn to its status as a mythical beast.'
– West Coast Review
'A new and utterly inventive take on the unicorn myth, with not a splinter of sparkle in sight. Entertaining and atmospheric'
– Inverness Courier
'A fantastic story'
'It's magical, but also very real and gritty.'
'It is a wonderful book to read. It deals with some issues affecting many children in schools, it promotes the need to protect natural wildlife from poachers and it ends with a clear message to ask questions and be open with your friends so they can be there for you. I highly recommend this book.'
– My Shelves are Full
'It's wonderful. But it's also relevant... Sensational... It may just make a huge difference to a child's life.'
– Roachie's Reviews
[The] descriptions feel so authentic that they have the reader convinced that they too, might encounter a unicorn on a stormy Highland night, and it is in bringing realism (and just the right sprinkling of magic) to something so fantastical that the power of this compelling story lies... A timely reminder of how spectacular Scotland's wild places and creatures