Neddie, the main character, had to move to Los Angeles because his father is that kind of man. His father just spontaneously does something and this time it’s a move to L.A.
On the way there, Neddie is given a turtle. The turtle is special. The shaman, whose name at this point is Melvin, tells him to take care of it. On the way to L.A., Neddie has some mis-adventures: he misses a train, he meets an actor and his son and ends up at the Grand Canyon, more interesting adventures ensue.
I did not particularly enjoy this book. However, I do think it is a good boy book for a 6th – 7th grader. There a lot of little anecdotes about Los Angeles history, an introduction to a Native American creation tale, trains, bullies and saving the world. It is fun and a lot of our students enjoyed it and for this one, I would take their word over my own.