Mack Street knows he has magic powers, but he doesn't know why or who he really is. He was found in a park by a couple of skateboarders and brought to a nurse in the middle-class African-American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles.
The nurse, Ura Lee Smitcher, and one of the skateboarders, Cecil “Ceese” Tucker, between them raise Mack. Mack spends a lot of his time hanging around the neighborhood, having meals with other families and often spending long periods away from home. He sees the deepest wishes of his neighbors in dreams.
When Mack turns 13, he discovers a “skinny house” that only he can find. It appears between two adjacent houses, and only Mack can see it. The back yard opens onto a fairyland that appears to be superimposed on Los Angeles.
The characters inhabiting this fairyland are drawn from Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Mack meets Puck, the sly worker of magical practical jokes, and Titania, the queen of the fairies. He becomes involved in a final battle between good and evil and learns who he really is, where his magic powers come from, and why he has been granted them.
This report prepared by David Gordon