Your Friend, Natalie Popper

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Gr 5-7-- Natalie Popper arrives at Camp Two Tall Pines with great expectations and overriding apprehension. Her best friend, Corinne Friedlander, an experienced camper, is along to show her the ropes, and Natalie extracts a promise from Corinne to stick together ``like glue . . . every single minute,'' but problems arise immediately when they are assigned to separate cabins. Corinne changes to Natalie's cabin the next day, but proceeds to buddy up with snobbish, beautiful Arlette, and Natalie must either tag along awkwardly or resign herself to pairing up with shy, stuttering Gretchen, the butt of jokes. Levinson's story moves along quickly, and she shows insight and compassion in her portrayal of turbulent adolescent friendships, but she oversentimentalizes. The 1946 setting allows her to give an added innocence to her characters, but the inclusion of historical and cultural details is often heavyhanded. The use of a polio epidemic, first as background and finally as crisis is too obviously foreshadowed. Finally, the characters, other than Natalie and Corinne, are stereotypes, from bubbly counselor/student nurse Babs to anti-Semitic camper Marlys, who blantantly reels off outrageously bigoted propaganda to Natalie's face. --Joyce Adams Burner, formerly at Spring Hill Middle School, KS
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780525673071
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/1990
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 5.64 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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