“De Castro has crafted a film comedy in prose form and makes suitably merry with the culture clash between displaced Native Americans and modern New Yorkers (the former often showing up the absurdities of the latter). The lighthearted adventure froths along...—well-scripted... A diverting comedy familiar in style though unusual in content.”
- Kirkus Reviews
The Wizard Who Stole Manhattan
Tom Linden had a Masters degree in History. His father, sister, and mother were acute overachievers. Tom loved to work at Central Park. Once a month his family gathered for a meal Tom referred to as “Disappointment Day.” They ate elaborate meals, but the affairs were an opportunity for Tom’s family to put him down, and belittle him.
The following evening Tom sat in a shady glen in the park eating his supper. There was a thud and a jigger and what felt like an earthquake. Tom was shocked as he was suddenly surrounded by Native Americans in full fifteenth century regalia, five of them.
The leader Chief Flying Cloud explained that Peter Minuit never bought the island of Manhattan. He only leased it, and the lease is up. Tom, expert on Manhattan, sees the injustice and helps the tribe maneuver through a modern Manhattan. But Peter Minuit is a wicked sorcerer and he won’t give up his island so easily.