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A Dark Inheritance
Contributor(s): D'Lacey, Chris
ISBN: 0545608767     ISBN-13: 9780545608763
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
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Product Type: Hardcover - Other Formats
Published: May 2014
Annotation: Discovering his supernatural ability to alter reality, Michael Maline, a boy whose father has gone missing, is recruited by an organization dedicated to investigating paranormal phenomena. By the best-selling author of the Last Dragon Chronicles series. Simultaneous eBook.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Missing persons; Juvenile fiction.
Secret societies; Juvenile fiction.
Mothers and sons; Juvenile fiction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
- Juvenile Fiction | Fantasy & Magic
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: 2013027397
Lexile Measure: 590
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Ufiles (Unicorne Files)
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.75" H x 5.50" W x 1.00" (0.92 lbs) 291 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 166803
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 8.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q62964
Reading Level: 3.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s):
Chris d'Lacey is the author of several highly acclaimed books, including the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling Last Dragon Chronicles series: THE FIRE WITHIN, ICEFIRE, FIRE STAR, THE FIRE ETERNAL, DARK FIRE, FIRE WORLD, and THE FIRE ASCENDING. Additionally, he is the author of the middle-grade series The Dragons of Wayward Crescent. He lives in Devon, England, with his wife, where he is at work on his next book.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2014 Fall)
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.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2014 April #2)

D'Lacey (the Last Dragon Chronicles) launches the UFiles series with a fast-paced yet convoluted offering. When teenager Michael Malone rescues a stray dog, it sets off a chain of events in which he learns he can alter reality under emotional duress, such as changing history so his sister has always played the flute. He is subsequently recruited by an enigmatic agency known as UNICORNE, which may know what happened to Michael's missing father. However, UNICORNE's leader, Amadeus Klimt, doesn't necessarily have Michael's best interests at heart, constantly forcing him to expand and explore his powers in new ways. In investigating the ties between the dog, a new classmate, and a girl who died several years earlier, Michael is swept up in a strange adventure that's part murder mystery, part reality-twisting trial by fire. The premise has plenty of potential, but the storytelling suffers from too many disparate elements and a lack of focus. Some twists are unclear, others ask a lot of readers, and the ending leaves many questions unanswered. Ages 8–12. Agency: Johnson & Alcock Literary Agency. (June)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2014 March)

Gr 6–8—"It was the day Mom took the coast road to school. The day I tried to save a suicidal husky. One day before I would begin to wonder if my father was still alive." So begins Michael Malone's journey and this first installment in the "UNICORNE Files." Michael's father disappeared three years ago without a trace. Lately, Michael's been experiencing lightheadedness and shortness of breath, which the doctors diagnose as asthma. Even more strangely, Michael begins to notice after these episodes is that his reality has changed—his sister, who never played the instrument before, is a violinist, and an au pair is suddenly part of the family but his mother and sister act as if she's always been there. Baffled, Michael soon meets Amadeus Klimt, the leading member of a covert organization called UNICORNE. Klimt tells Michael that his father may still be alive, but in order to find out for sure, Michael must agree to take on an assignment for the secret agency. This book will hook readers from page one and won't let up until the dramatic conclusion. D'Lacey manages to make the implausible seem possible. While many questions are left unanswered, they are likely to be answered in the next installment. Fans of action-packed adventure will devour this new series.—Kathy Kirchoefer, Henderson County Public Library, NC

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