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 the persistent Aunt Vootch - but the hat is always ready for action.
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After their parents were killed in a Sioux attack, Amy and Joshua have been living with their evil Aunt Vootch. Set in 1890s South Dakota, Amy and Joshua are constantly working to the bone and getting punished by their card-obsessed aunt. When a traveling magician/peddler rolls through town, the two escape and hitch a ride with him. With the help of the man’s temperamental magic hat, the siblings and their friends head to New York to find Amy’s and Joshua’s grandparents. Aunt Vootch, however, is hot on their trail and determined to bring them back to South Dakota. Will the siblings find their grandparents in time?
Narrator, Kirby Heyborne’s engaging narrative brings to life the unusual world of Amy and Joshua. His unique voice adds depth and humor to the characters and their personalities. The plot is well developed, funny, and easily draws the reader into the book. The narrative style of Kirby easily complements the writing style of Levoy. Fans of humorous fantasy adventures will enjoy this delightful read.
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