In 1893, thirteen-year-old Joshua and his eleven-year-old sister, Amy, travel from South Dakota to New York City with the help of the mysterious Mortimer Wintergreen and his unpredictable magic hat.
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Myron Levoy's Young Adult novels have received many honors including ALA Best books, U. S. National Book Award Finalist, and the national awards of Holland, Austria, and Germany for Alan and Naomi, which was made into a motion picture. His work frequently depicts outsiders-often with humor-searching for identity and connection, with growing insight into their own true selves.From School Library Journal:
Grade 5-7 Fantasy somewhat in the vein of Bill Brittain, especially his Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders (Harper, 1987), but Levoy's account of a W. C. Fields-like scamp, an incredible magi cal hat, and a chase from South Dakota to New York City lacks Brittain's sure touch. Pursued by relentless Aunt Vootch, whom Joshua describes to Amy as ``tricky mean, which is the worst mean of all,'' the two orphaned children escape their aunt and team up with Wintergreen and his remarkable chapeau. By wagon and balloon Win tergreen helps the kids get to New York and find their grandparents. Along the way the hat produces incredible gifts often humorous. Wintergreen often speaks in strained comparisons that lack the deft sparkle of Levoy's teenage jargon in Alan and Naomi (1977) and Pictures of Adam (1986, both Harper). Still, a good readif only to make ac quaintance with Aunt Vootch and with Wintergreen's unpredictable, magical hat. George Gleason, Department of English, Southwest Missouri State Uni versity, Springfield
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Book Description Harpercollins, 1988. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110060238429
Book Description Harpercollins. LIBRARY BINDING. Book Condition: New. 0060238429 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0948151