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The Gods of Manhattan is a trilogy of children's books written by Scott Mebus. They follow the adventures of Rory Hennessy, a cynical thirteen-year-old boy from New York City who gains the ability to see Mannahatta, a "spirit city" running parallel to Manhattan, populated by various gods and supernatural creatures.


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  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: The Munsees, being spirits of long-dead people, still dress as they did back in the 17th century.
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  • Deity of Human Origin: A number of historical figures, like Frederick Douglass, Babe Ruth, and even Walt Whitman, are revealed to have been upgraded into gods after their deaths.
  • Historical Domain Character: The series takes this concept and runs about as far with it as possible. Many of its characters are historical figures, and the series bestows upon them some remarkably busy afterlives.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: Willem Kieft, an early director of New Netherland, is portrayed in the series as a Sinister Minister.
  • Magical Native American: The Munsees are very much this trope, with their shell pits and wampum possessing actual power.
  • The Mole: Albert Fish is Kieft's mole in the Rattle Watch.

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