Synopses & Reviews
and#160; Renowned literary great Eva Ibbotson delivers a final novel in her classic, much-loved style. A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, The Abominables
follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way across Europe to a possible new home. Siblings Con and Ellen shepherd the yetis along their eventful journey, with the help of Perry, a good-natured truck driver. Through a mountain rescue in the Alps and a bullfight in Spain, the yetis at last find their way to an ancestral estate in Englandand#151;only to come upon a club of voracious hunters who have set their sights on the most exotic prey of all: the Abominable Snowmen.
Briskly funny and full of incident, The Abominables is vintage Ibbotson. With unforgettable characters and thoughtful messages about the environment and advocacy, itand#8217;s a generous last gift to her many devoted fans.
Praise for The Abominables
"A satiric farewell from a favorite author."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"A memorable finale to a treasured body of work."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The novel is full of whimsy, charm, and sly humor. The yetis will tug at readersand#8217; heartstrings and make them laugh. The writing is lean, witty, and subtle. Ibbotson manages to touch on ethical messages of human rights, advocacy, and environmentalism without being obvious."
--School Library Journal
"The writing is skillful, precise, and frequently funny, and it offers an effective counterbalance to some of the storyand#8217;s more serious social criticism..."
--Bulletin of The Center for Childrenand#8217;s Books
"Readers will enjoy Ibbotson's final book."
--Library Media Connection
About the Author
has long been a favorite of both children and adult readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her novels include The Secret of Platform 13
, Which Witch?
, The Great Ghost Rescue
, Island of the Aunt
, and Journey to the River Sea
, which won the Smarties Prize. She died in 2010, in her home in Newcastle, England.