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The abominables
2013
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Summary
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 A previously unpublished work from this favorite author, The Abominables follows a family of yetis who are forced, by tourism, to leave their home in the Himalayas and make their way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 England--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, it's a generous last gift to her many devoted fans.

Praise for The Abominables
STARRED REVIEW S
"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 readers' 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 story's more serious social criticism..."
-- Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books

"Readers will enjoy Ibbotson's final book."
-- Library Media Connection
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School Library Journal Review
Gr 4-6-Lady Agatha Farlingham, an aristocratic girl, is kidnapped by a Himalayan yeti and taken to Nanvi Dar. As it turns out, the yeti and his ilk aren't the least bit abominable; they are kind and gentle. Agatha spends a long and happy life in Nanvi Dar, teaching her yetis English, proper manners, and values. When the now-elderly woman decides that her family of yetis must be transported to a safer place to escape tourists and hunters, siblings Con and Ellen, along with Perry the truck driver, aid them in the long journey to Agatha's ancestral Hampshire home. On the trip, the group saves the reputations of hapless St. Bernards, frees an entire zoo from a sultan's tyranny, and stops a Spanish bullfight. Once the yetis arrive at Farley Towers, they find it occupied by the Hunters' Club, who drop the yetis off in the middle of the Antarctic and plan to gun them down for sport. The novel is full of whimsy, charm, and sly humor. The yetis will tug at readers' 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. The many happenings and asides within the narrative do not feel at all episodic but, instead, drive the plot forward in a smooth and logical manner. Struggling readers may have trouble deciphering a few British colloquialisms but will appreciate the quick pace of the prose. Published posthumously, this novel is a true gem among Ibbotson's many fine fantasies.-Elly Schook, Jamieson Elementary School, Chicago (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Booklist Review
*Starred Review* It all began a century ago in the Himalayan Mountains. Lady Agatha, an English girl, is abducted by a yeti father who needs someone to raise his motherless children. Portrayed as lovable innocents, the yetis are compassionate by nature and willing to learn the essentials of civilized behavior that Agatha is equipped to teach, from table manners to hymns. One hundred years later, Agatha's happy family of yetis faces discovery by sensation-seeking reporters. Two English children come to the rescue and, with the help of a friendly truck driver, make a difficult, dangerous trip to deliver their yeti friends to Agatha's stately home in England. The children's initial relief turns to horror when they comprehend the imminent new danger threatening the yetis. Who can save them now? Striking a fine balance between comedy and adventure, this imaginative story features a rich cast of idiosyncratic good guys, both yeti and human, and a number of truly hateful villains (all human, all inhumane). Expressive ink drawings appear throughout the book. An appended note comments that following Ibbotson's death, in 2010, the novel was completed by her son and her longtime editor. Easy to booktalk, this captivating story is also terrific for reading aloud.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist
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