Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars

Publisher: Bantam

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Then there's Alan Mendelsohn, The Boy From Mars by Daniel Pinkwater. I could probably have named half-a-dozen other Pinkwater books of that era. They have an admirable mix of absurdity and hidden-world magic in the everyday American high school. It's not a world I believed in, but it's a world that I felt should exist, and one thread of my game design practice is giving people a way to find it.

-- Andrew Plotkin

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