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Martha Brooks.

Winnipeg, Queenston House, c1982.
195pp, paper, $14.95 (cloth), $7.95 (paper).
ISBN 0-919866-78-6 (cloth), 0-919866-79-4 (paper).

Grades 5 and up.
Reviewed by A. L. Florence.

Volume 11 Number 4.
1983 July.

Summer at Ninette Sanatorium, where her father is resident administrator and she has freedom of the grounds, is the setting for a charming memoir—of Dr. Paine's ten-year-old daughter. The activities of daily life—dancing lessons, bullies at school, a visit from grandparents, a birthday party and the annual area picnic-constitute experiences in which drama and humour alternate. An occasional hike to the top of the surrounding hills becomes a nature walk with a warm, knowledgeable father. The discovery of a strange dog with five newborn pups provides an excellent opportunity to collaborate with a young convalescent art teacher in the fascinating task of rearing them and finding each a home.

This happy picture of a normal maturing process, with ground rules to be obeyed and consequences that follow certain actions, contrasts sharply with the current "realistic" fiction of the child's crisis confrontation. This autobiographical story will evoke real identification in many ten to thirteen-year-olds.

A. L. Florence, Winnipeg, MB.
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