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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Turnbull (Speedwell; No Friend of Mine), in her third novel about the Dyer family, chooses a quiet but compelling circumstance of wartime Britainthe evacuation of city children to homes in rural townsas dramatic impetus for a gently told story about acceptance, forgiveness and friendship. The youngest Dyer, 12-year-old Doreen, wrestles with her envy of Rhoda Kelly, an evacuee from Liverpool sent to live with the Dyers in their modest country home. Though only a year older than Doreen, Rhoda possesses a worldliness about dress, makeup and boys that captures the younger girl's imagination. Rhoda's charm and singing talent win her friends and admirers, but at Doreen's perceived expense. How Doreen's feelings toward Rhoda evolve into genuine friendship involves a momentous escapade and a hair-trigger rescue. An eminently believable character study of a girl on the threshold of adolescence, this story combines with details about life in a small English town during wartime to illuminate a chapter in history in a fresh, approachable way. Ages 10-14. (May)
Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Doreen is excited about having an evacuee come to live with her family to escape the bombing of London. Her excitement changes to jealousy, however, when her brother, mother, and Aunt Elsie seem to shower all of their attention on the older, more sophisticated Rhoda. Wartime Britain provides an excellent backdrop for this story filled with realistic characters and emotions.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-When Doreen's mother tells her that a young evacuee from London is coming to stay with them, the 12-year-old is less than enthusiastic, especially when she finds out that she has to share her bedroom. Self-assured and mature beyond her 13 years, Rhoda Kelly seems to outshine Doreen at everything. When she is invited to perform in a local concert, Doreen's resentment and jealousy explode. Rhoda runs away, Doreen finds her, and both survive a life-threatening situation. After this incident, Rhoda's actress mother makes a brief visit, and Doreen begins to understand that the girl's grownup ways have been thrust upon her. This finely written, brief novel gives a sensitive, realistic portrayal of a difficult and turbulent time in England during World War II. The interaction among the characters is believable and interesting. Doreen, in particular, shows all of the warts and charms of young adolescence as she bickers with her brother or plans a summer show with her friends. As the story progresses, her childish self-absorption lessens as a more compassionate and secure young woman emerges. An excellent addition to historical fiction collections.-Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Hazel Rochman
Doreen hates having to share her room with Rhoda, an evacuee from the Liverpool bombing during World War II. Increasingly jealous and resentful, Doreen finally yells at Rhoda that no one wants her--not Rhoda's own mother, not Doreen's family--and Rhoda runs away. Like Turnbull's "No Friend of Mine" (1995), about Doreen's older brother, this is an honest picture of a working-class family in a coal-mining town. The war is a huge presence, but the focus is on personal conflict. The story shows that friends and enemies have "their own ways of making war," in the family and on the street. We don't need the spelled-out message about words that hurt. It's the girls' relationship that is the real drama: their uneasiness, their guilty quarreling, and their eventual acceptance and pleasure in each other's company.
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During WW II, Rhoda, 13, comes to live with the Dyers. Doreen, 12, once thought it would be fun to have an London evacuee in the house, but her resentment builds when Rhoda proves to be a lot more sophisticated and talented than she is. Rhoda takes over all the things that are important to Doreen, even taking her place in the adults' affections. When Doreen finally explodes with hurtful and hateful words, Rhoda runs away, without any clear idea of where she should go. Doreen, sensibly, resolves to find Rhoda, with nearly disastrous consequences for both of them.

Turnbull (Too Tired, 1994, etc.) pens a solid coming-of-age story; although it's a foregone conclusion that the girls will become friends, it doesn't detract from a vibrant picture of preadolescent angst against the backdrop of war.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564028686
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 5/6/1996
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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