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The Yggyssey
 
 
Author
Daniel Pinkwater.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780618594450
Pages/Publication Date 245/2009
Daedalus Item Code 13521
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Not exactly a sequel—more of a follow-up, really—to Daniel Pinkwater's charmingly wacky book The Neddiad, this tale for readers 9 to 13 picks up in 1950s Los Angeles, where young spiritualist Yggdrasil "Iggy" Birnbaum is wondering what's happening to L.A.'s grand old ghosts. La Brea Woman is missing; Houdini and Valentino, too. Iggy is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, no matter what Neddie Wentworthstein and Seamus Finn say. There's just the little matter of traveling to another plane of existence first. And then, of course, not ticking off a witch once she gets there.

"After following a ghostly rabbit down a hole, Iggy and her friends encounter one strange Alice in Wonderland–type adventure after another and are nearly destroyed by witches until rescue comes from The Good Witch of the Northeast, who is 'so good, she's boring.' Once again, Pinkwater combines a goofy plot, myth and fairy tale references, and an obvious affection for yesteryear Los Angeles in a supernaturally funny read."—Booklist

"The latest Pinkwater is nothing special, only the usual wonderful.... Like its predecessor, 'The Yggyssey' is awash in jolly nostalgia for the era, and particularly its restaurants. Iggy meets her friends for lunch at the Pacific Seas, 'the last word in stucco gone mad,' a real cafeteria from Pinkwater's Los Angeles childhood. There's breakfast at the Rolling Doughnut, lunch at a mushroomburger place, ice cream at Zen Pickle Barrel and pie at Albert Allen's Rite Spot, and it's a short book.... There is fun all along the way, with old hippies and odd boats, wise village idiots and skunks the size of cows, and delicious doughnuts, five for a nickel. The Yggyssey is, in short, another Pinkwater, and that is enough."—NYTBR

 
 
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