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Posted June 19, 2011
"The Contest" shows its author "Dr. Toy's" deep understanding of children and their needs, which readers who know Stevanne Auerbach's highly regarded books about children's play should expect. Her first novel takes a look at falling in love and taking on responsibility for stepchildren, only to find that the partner you thought was sharing the same goals has been deceptive. What to do after you learn the heart-breaking truth? The book's take-away: Even after so much has transpired, it's never too late to start over again to look for the right combination of love and commitment.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 30, 2010
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America, put down your rattles, pick up your building blocks and put your children to bed. It's time to choose your favorite nook and get to reading for pure enjoyment this time, no educational value intended. Stevanne Auerbach, known to millions as "Dr. Toy" has gone against type in this, her first foray into fiction and she hits it out of the Golden Gate park.
After 40 plus years, and 15 books ( "Smart Play Smart Toys", etc. ), as one of the worlds' great authorities on all things children and education Mrs. Auerbach has at long last decided to try her hand in the world of fiction and woe that it has taken her so long.
"The Contest" takes you from the corridors of Washington D.C. to the streets of San Francisco and into the lives of many memorable characters, and does so with a broad sweep that will have you hooked from the first page to the last.
If you are looking for a book that is as grown up as you are, then "The Contest" isn't really a contest at all. It's a surefire winner.