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A Time Too Swift

A Time Too Swift

by Margaret Poynter

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up-- Marjorie Ellison, 15, lives in San Diego in late 1941, a good time and place for finding romance with young and lonely servicemen. Unfortunately, her best friend's father, a naval officer, is being transferred to Hawaii. With Ellen gone, Marjorie is no longer allowed to go to the roller skating rink, where she has been meeting Prentice, a handsome marine. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, her life is turned upside down, along with everyone else's. Marjorie is a very real, well-drawn character. She is not perfect--she tends to see everything that happens only in light of how it affects her--but she does a lot of growing up by the end of the book. An appealing trait is her tendency toward romantic and heroic daydreams; after hearing a news report about a minor earthquake, she fantasizes about being there, and despite her own injuries, helps other victims, modestly refusing any commendation. A lot happens all around Marjorie: Ellen's father is killed on board the U. S. S. Arizona, a Japanese family with whom she is friendly is sent to a relocation camp, and her brother is declared missing-in-action. These details, which root the book firmly in its time, do not overwhelm it. Nor do they seem ``tossed in'' for the sake of verisimilitude--every event, and Marjorie's reaction to it, is credible. This is a fine portrait of life on the home front, with a strong and likable heroine at its core. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, TX

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Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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1st ed
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10 Years

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