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Five Star, Dec 2003, 25.95, 235
ISBN 1594140669

An UFO crash lands in Elderton, Illinois and the alien inside doesn't know where he is or who he is. He just understands that he will bring change to this small town. The Astonished Eye tabloid hears the rumors of the flying saucer crash landing and sends Ben Savitch to report. Ben, who lived in Elderton until he was six, hopes that the rumors are true so that he can finally make it into the big leagues of journalism.

The town is nothing like Ben expects. It is filled with magic that allows people to live after they die. The heart of the town is Almo Parish the last munchkin from the wizard of Oz who is still alive. Each Fall there is a small ceremony in which Almo points out the first leaf that will drop from the trees signifying that the season has arrived. Jeffrey Sprague has run away from the last of a long line of foster homes and winds up in Elderton where the adults subtly take care of him. He might make a home for himself there if can get used to the magic that engulfs him. Cynical Ben finally believes in the magic after he realizes he can not stay in the place of his birth.


Harriet Klausner
The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   cynical or dry-wit FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   exploring a wondrous planet or phenomena Parody    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   journalist Age:    -   20's-30's

Setting

Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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