The Unicorn Rescue Society: The Secret of the Himalayan by Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan
📚 The Unicorn Rescue Society: the Secret of the Himalayan 📚
Author: Adam Gidwitz & Hena Khan
Illustrator: Hatem Aly
Publisher: Penguin Random House @
Islamic Content: Prayer, Adhan, Ibn al-Sabil
Concerns: magical elements, mythical creatures, singing
The Unicorn Rescue Society takes on a task to rescue a unicorn in the Himalayan mountains in Pakistan. Upon arrival they meet Waleed, who leads them through and its very hospitable people Torghar. They head to an adventurous journey that requires them to think on their feet and go on rescue mode unexpectedly.
This one is the latest published book in The Unicorn Rescue Society series. I haven't read any of the others in this series but I requested this since it is co-authored with a Muslim. This book as well as the rest of the series is illustrated by a Muslim illustrator. So the book itself, is filled with adventure that includes a few interesting facts about the Himalayas and the national animal of Pakistan, the markhor. (because this book is fiction, I googled the markhor and was fascinated to see actual pictures and information about this very cool creation). I usually get nervous about reading fantasy/mythical books that also contain Muslims because the boundaries can easily get blurred. The characters were unapologetic Muslim, taking time to perform their prayers, speaking about being good hosts to travelers and referencing the Qur'an. However, religion and myths are kept very much apart in this book which I really appreciate. If you have a reader who likes adventure with tid-bits of Islamic gems, this book is a good option that reels the reader in the story.