Lake Harriet elf inspires young adult novel


For 22 years the Lake Harriet elf has confounded and delighted the thousands of curious visitors that visit his lakeside tree abode.

Now, thanks to a newly published book, they might get a few questions answered.

In "Lylian, Lost Land of the Lytles," first time author Thom Sandberg explores the world behind the small door in the tree hollow on the shore of Lake Harriet.

The 225-page book is a young adult adventure novel.

This is the book's description from the book debut release:

When 13-year-old Lucia Boyd sells an invention, she completes the deal on the mysterious island nation, Lylian. Isolated in the North Atlantic Ocean, Lylian has minimal contact with the rest of the world, largely because it is the home to a race of 10-inch-tall human-like creatures called Lytles.

What starts off as an exotic junket soon becomes a battle of life and death as Lucia ends up hostage to a group of mercenaries intent on overthrowing the island and destroying the entire Lytle population. And only the Lytles can save her.''

Sandberg will have a book release reading and book signing at the Wild Rumpus bookstore (2720 West 43rd St.) on Wednesday, Aug. 17 from 6-8 p.m.

The book can be purchased through Whizbang and at Wild Rumpus bookstore.

mr. little guy

Each year 1,500 to 2,000 people write messages to the elf, and for the 22nd year he still answers (every letter ends with "I believe in you") and although much about him remains a mystery, there are some some helpful facts listed on the book's website about mr. little guy:

  • He is taller than his younger brother and shorter than his older brother.
  • His favorite color is plaid
  • He looks just like his dad
  • He believes in you

Although the elf is mainly active through the summer months, during the rest of the year writers may send letters to: mr. little guy, P.O. Box 50358, Minneapolis, MN 55405

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