Adventures of a Dwergish Girl

by Daniel Pinkwater

Molly O’Malley is a clever, adventurous girl. She is also a Dwerg. Dwergs are strange folks who live very quietly in the Catskill mountains, have lots of gold, and are kind of like dwarves (but also not!).

Molly isn’t interested in cooking and weaving, as she is expected to be. So, she sets off to see the world for herself. Which means a new job, a trip to New York City, prowling gangsters, an adorable king, a city witch, and many historical ghosts. More importantly, it means excellent pizza, new friends, and very quick thinking.

Now someone is pursuing the Dwergs for their gold. Can Molly O’Malley save the day?


"[A] fast-paced, unexpected adventure that combines history, folklore, and nonsensical fun."

Publishers Weekly

“It's a fine book by one of America's most wonderful writers, and it's hugely welcome after such a long absence.”

Antick Musings

“Daniel Pinkwater helped to shape me as a storyteller and his books have delighted generations of young readers. We’re so lucky to have him as a guide to all the realms of the beautifully weird and whimsical.”

Charlie Jane Anders, author of The City in the Middle of the Night

“ADVENTURES OF A DWEGISH GIRL is a book with every single thing I love about Pinkwater novels. Reading Daniel Pinkwater—as a kid and as an adult was hugely important to my development as a writer and a human being. Meeting another Pinkwater fan is always a sign that you are among good people.”

Cory Doctorow, author of Little Brother

“Captivating, cool and crazy!! This story is an inspiration to us all: Be brave. Have adventures. And, most importantly, follow your dreams.”

Sam Lloyd, author of Mr. Pusskins

“With touches of magic, conversations with ghosts, and a dash of danger in the form of gold-stealing gangsters, Adventures of a Dwergish Girl is sure to delight.”

Alane Adams, author of Legends of Orkney Series

“Richly-drawn, quirky, and mysterious, Daniel Pinkwater’s ADVENTURES OF A DWEGIST GIRL pulls readers into a dazzling adventure.”

Susan Vaught, author of Footer Davis Probably is Crazy

“ADVENTURES OF A DWERGISH GIRL by Daniel Pinkwater has that rare sense of wonder that makes you feel as if you have entered into a magical kingdom. .”

Joe R. Lansdale, author of Of Mice and Minestrone

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