The Jedera Adventure by Lloyd Alexander
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I read this around the same time that I read the Illyrian Adventure, the first Vesper Holly book. So...somewhere around age ten or eleven.
Vesper Holly, the lively and clever heroine, embarks on a mission to return a fifteen-years' overdue library book in the dangerous country of Jedera (which is quite reminiscent of Aladdin's Agrabah). Along the way she and her stick-in-the-mud guardian Brinnie encounter blue men, a flying machine, and lots of recalcitrant camels.
It's not my favorite of the Vesper Holly books, but Alexander is a great writer and The Jedera Adventure is fun to read.
Read June 2, 2010, in under an hour
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