Will Somebody Please Marry My Sister?

Will Somebody Please Marry My Sister?

by Eth Clifford

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In 1925, Abel's oldest sister Ruthie is a real oddity: a medical doctor. But even though Abel and Annie, his other sister, love Ruthie, she has become a roadblock. She stands between Abel's getting a room of his own and Annie's marrying her boyfriend--all because of their grandmother's rule that ``a younger sister cannot get married before the older sister, no matter what.'' So Abel decides to find Ruthie a husband. With the help of pesky Hilda, whose father is a matchmaker, he locates a few good candidates, but to no avail. All's well that ends well, however, when Ruthie finds more challenging work on the other side of town. Despite the novel's interesting premise, the story never comes to life. Clifford ( Flatfoot Fox and the Case of the Missing Eye ) writes about Abel's passion for ham radios, Hilda's love of horses and their period Brooklyn setting seemingly without interest. With an eye for period details, Eagle's merry drawings portray convoluted family encounters. Ages 8-12. (May)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-- An able chronicler of other times and places turns out an average preteen problem novel with an overlay of period pictures--the streetcar, the corner grocery--intended to provide historical context. It's 1925 and Abel wants his sisters married and out of the apartment so that he can have a room of his own. While Annie, the middle child, is eager to marry Bruce, she is kept waiting by her grandmother's belief that the older daughter, Ruth, must be wed first. To speed his sisters' departures, Abel allies himself with Hilda, the pesty daughter of a local matchmaker, and they invite a stream of potential husbands to dinner. In a good sit-com, this would have resulted in chaotic hilarity. Here, it just plods along to a predictable conclusion. --Sally T. Margolis, Park Ridge Public Library, IL

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