Pinkwater, Daniel -- The Neddiad

I read Pinkwater (as well as Raskin) when I was young, and then bought reprints when I was a grownup, but I didn't read much of his newer stuff for fear that it was Not As Good. Well, it is. This book (not brand-new, but recent) is everything that Pinkwater has always done right: the life of us as kids, the world that we were always convinced lay hidden around us, and the ways that world worked. If anything he's gotten better. This book is set post-WW2, rather than the "current" suburbs of Alan Mendelsohn and the Snarkout Boys, but it is just as recognizable -- but with more railroads and ghosts. See, I'm even talking like Pinkwater now.

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