UNICORNE Files #1
By Chris D'Lacey
Scholastic, 2014. Fiction, 291 p.
Michael Malone lives with his mother and sister, but his father disappeared while on a business trip a few years earlier. One day on the way to school Michael happens to save a dog who is trapped on the edge of a cliff. When he does, something supernatural happens that alters Michael's reality a little. No one else seems to notice that there was a change. Michael finds out that he has the ability to jump between multi-verses into parallel realities. He also discovers there is an organization that monitors this kind of thing call the Black Unicorne and that the organization is mixed up in his father's disappearance. Michael agrees to help them solve the mystery of the dog on the cliff in return for information about his father. This is an engaging psychological thriller by the author of the successful Last Dragon series. D'Lacey uses fast pacing, murky quirky characters, and sudden plot twists to build just the right amount of suspense and trills for adventurous tween readers. This is the first in what looks to be a promising series.