HarperTeen, 9780061490040, 432pp.
Publication Date: August 31, 2010
Winter 2009 Kids' List
— Summer Moser, Summer's Stories, Kendallville, IN
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Forget everything you ever knew about unicorns . . .
Astrid Llewelyn has always scoffed at her eccentric mother's stories about killer unicorns. But when one attacks her boyfriend—ruining any chance of him taking her to prom—Astrid finds herself headed to Rome to train as a unicorn hunter at the ancient Cloisters the hunters have used for centuries.However, all is not what it seems at the Cloisters. Outside, unicorns wait to attack. And within, Astrid faces other, unexpected threats: from bone-covered walls that vibrate with terrible power to the hidden agendas of her fellow hunters to her growing attraction to a handsome art student . . . an attraction that could jeopardize everything.
About the Author
Diana Peterfreund is the author of many books for adults and children, including the critically acclaimed For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea. She lives with her family outside Washington, DC, in a house full of bookshelves, and is always on the lookout for lost cities or stray rocket ships.
Praise For Rampant…
— Scott Westerfeld, author of the Uglies series
“RAMPANT is a thrilling read, with strong girls, unusual and scary unicorns, and hidden dangers everywhere. I was on the edge of my seat from start to finish! Please, miss: might I have some more?”
— Tamora Pierce
“Tired of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Try Astrid the unicorn hunter.”
“With an atmospheric setting, personable ensemble cast and some reasoned discussions about virginity, this gripping page-turner evokes the same grrl-power spirit as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, packed with action, mystery and a complex and intriguing mythology.”
— Publishers Weekly
“A fresh folklore twist amid the wave of vampires and zombies.”
— Kirkus Reviews