The Creature of the Pines by Adam Gidwitz ill Hatem Aly
Created by Jesse Casey, Adam Gidwitz, and Chris Smith
Can we start with the ring?
This ring is the finger adornment that dreams are made of.
Defende Fabulos Defend the Imaginary
Potege Mythica Protect the Mythical
Just think of it. It is noble. It speaks of grandeur. This is one amazingly cool ring.
I understand that it may only be worn by members of the Unicorn Rescue Society.
Professor Fauna, sign me up now. Please.
It's Elliot Eisner's first day at a new school and already he's feeling more than a little uneasy. The day is starting with a field trip. Boarding a bus with students he doesn't know, supervised by a teacher he has never met, and heading into the Pine Barrens of New Jersey does not appear to be a promising start. Elliot and his new-found friend Uchenna Devereaux soon learn that this field trip will not be like any other school excursion they have experienced.
A very strange-looking man, with hair that "stood up from his scalp like he was in the habit of kissing electric eels" introduces himself to the busload of students as Professor Fauna and promises them a dangerous expedition. "Indeed. Danger is the greatest teacher."
Then it happens. Elliot and Uchenna encounter a small furry blue creature, shaped like deer, with claws on its two front feet and red bat-like wings. It is a Jersey Devil, resident of the Pine Barrens. Not only do they see this mythical creature, they carefully hide it in Uchenna's backpack.
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