Gypsy RizkaBook - 1999
Living alone in her wagon on the outskirts of a small town while waiting for her father's return, Rizka, a Gypsy and a trickster, exposes the ridiculous foibles of some of the townspeople. Library of Congress Summary. Living alone in her wagon on the outskirts of a small town while waiting for her father's return, Rizka, a Gypsy and a trickster, exposes the ridiculous foibles of some of the townspeople. Best Books for Young Teen Readers. A delightful adventure story featuring Rizka, a young gypsy who lives alone in her wagon&becomes involved in a series of hilarious situations with the neighboring townspeople. Annotation. Master storyteller Lloyd Alexander centers his newest tale around a clever, engaging gypsy girl who, with her feline sidekick, is always at the center of everything. Jaunty, outspoken, and unable to suffer fools, Rizka is the kind of person everyone in town has strong feelings about--she is either loved or despised. Since no one can ever get the better of her, certain "respectable" citizens of their small old-world hamlet want to rid the town of the troublemaker. If only someone had the brains to think up something that could do the trick. Laced with laughs throughout, the novel is told through episodically linked chapters about the absurd inhabitants of the town and their interactions with Rizka. Full of foibles, farce, fun-poking, and buffoonery, it is high comedy as much as a celebration of Rizka's brains and brassiness, her flouting of conventions, and her own brand of magic. Despite the foolishness, the book is infused with Alexander's recognition and respect for the rich and good heart of its main character and the human truth of accepting others' differences. Bowker Authored Title code. Rizka, who is an outcast living on the edge of town, draws the good elements in the area together to fight the stupid authorities.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, ©1999
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ale
Description: x, 195 pages ; 22 cm
Audience: Middle School
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