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The Basque Dragon

(The Unicorn Rescue Society #2)

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Elliot and Uchenna have barely recovered from their first adventure with the Unicorn Rescue Society when the mysterious Professor Fauna approaches them with an all-new quest. And this time, they're going to have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to the Basque Country of northern Spain. Elliot and Uchenna, with Jersey in tow, soon wonder whether their newest, fire-breathing rescu ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
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Billie
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this even better than the first one because of the way in which the author(s) wove in information about the Basque people and culture. Some of this was done in the first book, but it really stood out to me here. If this is a sign of things to come, I can't wait to see the ways in which various cultures are explored in the upcoming books.
Emily Polson
A fun, quick audiobook read featuring some scrappy elementary school kids rescuing a dragon. I read this for the setting (I lived in the Basque Country for a year), and I appreciated the exposition on the people (Euskaldun), the country (Euskal Herria), and the language (Euskera). (The audiobook narrator mispronounces all those words, but that's not the author's fault.) The story and writing are a bit silly, and it's a bit disconcerting how the kids are whisked off to Europe with a professor the ...more
James
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A quick palate cleanser after reading some heavy stuff recently. My daughter read this one first and loved it even more than the first in the series. She even chose to dress as the titular dragon for "dress as your favorite character" day at school last week! I love the research that goes into this series. The silliness of the plot is balanced out by facts about the cultures involved, in this case the Basque culture and mythology. I'm thankful for books like this that keep my little one reading ...more
Brenda
Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting premise, interesting characters, interesting word choice with just the right amount of detail and action to hook middle grade readers early on and carry them all the way through the book. I'll read the first in the series as a classroom read-aloud and am glad to have the next 3 in the series so kids can and will keep on reading.
Sean Harding
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book in this series, and my review of book #1 pretty much applies to book #2 - average fare, pretty forgettable with I am sure a group of people who will be fans of it, whilst others will move on to other things.
Virginia
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read an ARC, so I'm sure it's even better with the wonderful illustrations, but this was a fun read! I enjoyed how the author made efforts to explain Basque culture & language, and the way the foreign language phrases utilized in the text were not only explained but also phonetically repeated by another character to help kids pronounce them :) also the kids' dialogue was p hilarious at times & I appreciated their suspicion throughout. I'll have to look up the first one since I missed i ...more
Tracey Mcd
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I know it’s a kids chapter book but my 8 yo fell in love with the series so I needed to see why. What a fun read! It’s got enough silliness to entertain kids, throws in history and teaches teamwork and compassion. Total recommendation!
Dan Rogers
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable selection in The Unicorn Rescue Society series. Loved reading it to my grandchildren and were enthralled and mesmerized the entire time. They, and I, are anxiously awaiting the arrival of book #3 in October 2018.
Justin Green
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Good sequel to the first one. I appreciated the portrayal of Euskal Herria (the Basque Country). One editorial note: I noticed at one point 'a herensuge' was written. Following the majority of euskalkis' (Basque dialects) pronunciation, it would be rendered into English as 'an herensuge' (save Iparraldekoak, the ones from the french Basque Country). Considering this story takes place within Bizkaia specifically, I'd have gone with the an.
Anyway, this book has a decent adventure story line. I'll
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David
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
An even more exciting follow-up to the first book!
Kenzee
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads
*I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway*

So I entered this giveaway in hopes of winning it for my niece (she's 8), and though Amazon says this is for 8-12 year old kids, I would say it's not for a child older than 9. It's cute - mostly - but it has some issues. There's some pretty big plot holes - and yes, even a child would recognize them. The primary one is of course the fact that they fly to Europe after school from New Jersey, and still arrive home by 5:30 PM. There is no explanation of how
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Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Basque Dragon (Unicorn RescueSociety, #2) by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and Jesse Casey, 178 pages. Dutton Children’s Books (Penguin), 2018. $15.

Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G.

BUYING ADVISORY: EL (K-3), EL – ESSENTIAL

AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH.

Uchenna and Elliott work with Professor Flora in the Unicorn Rescue Society that helps mythical creatures. This time, there is a Herensuge dragon that has gone missing from his home and the t
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Valerie McEnroe
This is my first Adam Gidwitz book. It has a simple plot and didn’t grab me in the least. Elliot and Uchenna are potential recruits for the Unicorn Rescue Society, an organization founded by Professor Fauna to save all mythical creatures, unicorn or otherwise. This is book 2 in the series. I did not read book 1. In this book, the kids are whisked off to the Basque country in Europe where a little-known population of people keep to themselves, even speaking their own language. Herensuges (dragons ...more
Karen
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Uchenna and Elliot are swept away by Professor Fauna to far off Basque where a dragon has gone missing! In an ancient Basque family tale they discover that dragon's blood has the power to heal all wounds. This can lead to only one conclusion. The dragon has been kidnapped by the uber-wealthy Schmoke brothers. Using Elliot's intelligence, Uchenna's courage and Professor Fauna's dedication to the magical creature cause they discover more than the missing dragon--and still manage to arrive home in ...more
Nick
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
These books are so much fun. There is a quirky sense of humor here that just has me hooked. I loved when they got on the plane to Europe. I'm reading thinking this is going to take hours, no parent is going to be okay with this, this book already jumped the shark. Elliot comments on it, and the professor gives, like, the most incorrect answer ever (it was brilliant, funny, and totally commented on what I was thinking.) Long story short, these books never try to be more than they are, are all abo ...more
Heidi
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've found myself quite enjoying this series. It's got the intensity of a fantasy series, but plenty of humor as well. Elliot and Uchenna make great foils for each other. They've become friends, but they are very different. Elliot is a bookworm, who enjoys routine, and calm and quiet. Uchenna loves rock and roll and lots of adventure. Now that the two have teamed up with Professor Fauna in saving magical creatures, the unexpected is to be expected. Much to Elliot's horror and Uchenna's delight, ...more
Laura Mauro
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
* I got this book for review of the publisher for my honest thoughts*

I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in this series. I loved the adventure in this story and also how the storyline expanded the world. I just found this to a fast pace adventure story and think younger readers will fly throughout. I think the many illustrations will also increase the joy for this series. I really loved the dynamic between the professor and the kids in this novel. I really want to keep on read
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Xing Zhi
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: grl-upper-pri
Found this at MB so didn't know there was a first book till I started. It's a really simple story that sort of reads like a cartoon episode (had some Fairly Oddparents vibes somehow?)

I love mythology, but I've never heard of Basque mythology until today, and now I'm ready to find out more 💪 I like how this book drops myth snippets here and there naturally :) might be a good book to start kids off on mythology before they hop to the Percy Jackson series.

On a side note, the herensuge sounds like a
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Jessica
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
The Unicorn Rescue Society picks up right where they left off - Elliot's second day of school sees a surprising package on his doorstep, containing a book on the history of the Basque region. Next thing Elliot and Uchenna know, they're flying across the Atlantic in Professor Fauna's dilapidated airplane, to rescue a dragon.
Adventure, Danger, and Dragons lurk in this second fantastic romp from Adam Gidwitz. I really loved the introduction to the Basque history and culture that sneaked into this
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Teresa Bateman
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am sorry to say that I was unimpressed. Mind you, I love Gidwitz's other work, and I was reading an ARC without illustrations, but the story had large gaps in it, and I never felt like the characters were well-developed. I liked the concept of a society that protects mythical beasts, but that concept is now out in multiple series, the best of which perhaps is "Fablehaven." So the concept is not unique, and the execution lacked continuity. I can only assume that the illustrations must carry a l ...more
Libby
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
2nd in the series - and it takes place on the 2nd day of Elliot and Uchenna's friendship. This time, the mysterious Professor Fauna whisks them off to Basque country in Europe to save a dragon that's disappeared. Totally improbable, average series-level writing, but I did like the unique setting and the cultural tidbits that were included. Kids will overlook its weaknesses and will enjoy this adventure.
Kelsey
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a digital review copy from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Another fun adventure! I really enjoyed the inclusion of research/explanation of the Basque people and their language. The first book felt a little more fantastical, though, as the dragons in this one are primarily only spoken about and don't actually appear until the very end of the book. I would love to read more about the magical creatures in future books!
April
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Uchenna and Elliot have another adventure with Professor Fauna. This time they head to Basque country in Spain. The time it takes for the adventure is all out of proportion with actual time but the adventure saving a dragon is cute. We find out more about the Schmoke brothers and how Professor Fauna knows them.
Kathryn
Personally this book was just ok! I hadn't expected much from it and the only reason I read it (on audio, actually) was that I needed a book that had a character with a :U: name or a series name that started with "U" which it had both of. It would probably be enjoyed by early middle-grade readers, probably 3rd through 5th graders.
James Biser
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This was another interesting story about the Unicorn Rescue Society as they fly to Europe to visit the Basque people and protect what at first seems to be a single dragon and ends up being a whole dragon family.
Mikey Golczynski
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it
While my son (9) and I also enjoyed this entry and I was very intrigued by the Euskaldun history and folklore, I don't think it had the same zip as the first book. Still looking forward to Sasquatch and Muckleshoot.
Anita McDivitt Barrios
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
This book features a nutty professor-type who meets and finally is forced to acknowledge he trained his arch nemesis.

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Ana
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! A lot of information about the Basque people, along with a cute Dragon story. This is quickly becoming my new favorite Middle grade series. The characters are fun, and the story moves along nicely, with just a tiny bit of suspended belief. Looking forward to the 3rd one!
Elese
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
My youngest (age 6) and I loved Unicorn Rescue Society #1. This second installment was still good, but a little longer on the expository sections and shorter on the quirky parts that had made #1 such a fun read-aloud. We will most definitely read #3 when it's out.
Robyn Schultz
Book #2 in the Unicorn Rescue Society series. Elliott and Uchenna are off on another adventure with Professor Fauna, this time to help save a dragon.

Elementary schoolers will love this series. Uchenna is quick witted and adventurous, and Elliott is cautious and smart.
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