The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There
Yggdrasil "Iggy" Birnbaum lives in an old, haunted, Los Angeles hotel, and she's friends with the ghosts of La Brea woman, Rudolph Valentino, and others. So when the spirits start disappearing, Iggy wants to know where they're going and why. Plenty of people try to help Iggy during her long, strange journey to find the ghosts, including a ghostologist and a shaman named Melvin-but it's a size-shifting bunny that finally leads Iggy to the place where she can find her supernatural friends.
JLG Release: Apr 2009
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal
Junior Library Guild
Iggy Birnbaum is an appealing character, a straight-talking girl who is wiser and more mature than the adults around her. Her tenacity and intelligence get her through an exciting and sometimes dangerous odyssey. Having grown up in the Hermione Hotel, with its gossipy celebrity ghosts, she knows Los Angeles inside and out. She also knows that ghosts are sometimes annoying and sometimes friendly, but nothing to be afraid of: “When I got home from school, my room was full of ghosts . . .again! They were being invisible, but I could feel the cold spots in the air.”
When the ghost population of Los Angeles suddenly starts disappearing, Iggy won’t stop searching until she learns where they’ve all gone. The journey to find the ghosts takes Iggy, Neddie, and Seamus into unfamiliar territory as they travel through an alternate world where things are sometimes even stranger than they are in Los Angeles. Iggy and her friends emerge victorious, of course, and ready for more fun in the promised follow-up, supposedly already available in “Old New Hackensack, New Yapyap City, and other enlightened communities.” Audiences will hope the book soon makes its way here, too.
5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
Level 4.7; Points: 6;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 5.3; Points: 11;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Ghosts, Hollywood, Hotels, The film industry, Schools, Progressive education, Art deco, The atomic bomb, Disappearances, Boyfriends, Sleepovers, Pizza, Mediums, Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), Parades, Health food, Planes of existence, Policemen, Arrests, Mountaineering, Commercialism, Rescues, Names, Norse mythology, Witches, Curses, Dictatorships, Quests, Strange creatures, Quivering bogs, Festivals, Freedom,