Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen

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In 1890s South Dakota, Amy and Joshua escape from their mean Aunt Vootch. They plan to find their grandparents in New York, and manage to team up with a traveling magician, Mortimer Wintergreen, who is also New York bound. Mortimer owns a truly magic hat with a temperamental, mischievous mind of its own. Adventures abound as their way is blocked by outlaws, runaway hot-air balloons, geese, and their persistent Aunt Vootch. But The Magic Hat of Mortimer Wintergreen is always ready for action.

A Junior Literary Guild Selection

"Buoyant comedy. A fine addition to stories that truly entertain."(Kirkus review)

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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Children's Literature - Michael Jung
Amy and Joshua Bates were just hoping for a free ride to New York City when they snuck onto the wagon passing by their wicked aunt's cornfield. Instead they find themselves in the presence of wacky con artist and stage magician Mortimer Wintergreen. Luckily, Mortimer proves to be an amiable host who is also on his way to New York to make his fortune. He is aided by a genuine magic hat that can provide almost anything the travelers want—from food to umbrellas to hot air balloons—If it is in the right mood. But the hat's magic is unpredictable and cannot always save Mortimer and the children from the outlaws, runaway geese, and treacherous butlers who block their path. Soon, Mortimer and the kids are forced to use their own creativity and resourcefulness if they want to get to New York in one piece. Award-winning author Myron Levoy, whose books include the tragic novel Alan and Naomi, shows he is equally adept at comedy with this fast and funny book that students will enjoy hearing read aloud. The story's 1890s setting also makes an excellent jumping-off point for history lessons about turn-of-the-century America. Reviewer: Michael Jung
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780064403351
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1990
  • Series: A Trophy Bk.
  • Pages: 224
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years

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