Gypsy Rizka

by Lloyd Alexander
176 pages, Contemporary
Reviewed by Victor

Good read if you are in a silly mood (or would like to be).


The gypsy called Rizca lives on the edge of town. She earns her living solving people's problems (and sometimes creating a few of her own invention!) She is a very smooth talker and is shown to be smarter than everybody else in the town. She can persuade just about anyone in town, but the town largely does not appreciate the gypsy. They try many ways to run her out of the magnificent marvelous town of Greater Dunitsa.


The good and bad in this book are clearly identifiable. The characters that do silly things are shown their folly.

Spiritual Content

There is no spiritual content to speak of. A ghost haunts the town hall, but that is a ruse.


Head bumping, toe stubbing, a hot air balloon accident, a bucket thrown on a man's head, men are hauled off to jail. A brawl breaks out and a brick is thrown through a window.

Drug and Alcohol Content

One of the prime hangouts is the Farkas' Hotel. Drunkenness is mentioned but not shown.

Sexual Content


Crude or Profane Language or Content

There are many insults but they fall into the amusing and silly category, nothing offensive.


This was a very fun book; I enjoyed it and I enjoyed the overall message. Nobody is quite so austere or wise as they'd like to be, even high and mighty councilors and dignitaries.

Fun Score: 4
Values Score: 4
Written for Age: 8-10

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