Volume 14 Number 6
In one short, two-day weekend, seven or eight-year-old Ben, visiting without his family for the first time, has to overcome his fear of his aunt, of the dark, of big dogs, of thunderstorms. It seems a heavy load for this slight story without any real plot. Keeping a stiff upper lip in front of a bossy girl neighbor helps. Being in the house where his father grew up helps; Ben learns that his father was once a scared boy, too. Although obviously written for younger children, this book does not really stand beside Stand in the Wind (Harper & Row 1975) or Mine for Keeps (Little, Brown, 1962).
Grace E. Funk, Harwood, E.S., Vernon, BC.
1971-1979 | 1980-1985 | 1986-1990 | 1991-1995
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