Whinnem, Reade Scott. Utten and Plumley.

Author:LaMontagne, Phyllis
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

Hampton Roads Publishing (1125 Stoney Ridge Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22902). 315p. illus. c2003. 1-57174-346-4. $11.95. J

Geared towards younger YAs, this highly imaginative story sends a trio of odd characters through time and space in a series of lively adventures, Utten is a tiny blue man who lives in a bucket and can change into a bird whenever he wants. Croker, a female hound, and Plumley, a lonely, crotchety old man, become willing partners when Utten decides to work his magic to give Plumley a second chance at life. With the help of a magic coin, a hammer and anvil, Utten produces magic crystals that send sparks wherever he wants. Plumley is changed back to an unhappy 12-year-old student in the Liverstanes Boarding School for Boys. The three travel to such far-off places as Hobart's Traveling Ocean Circus, and to dimensions beyond Earth like the Hush Bogs, where lost souls live. Along...

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