This begins with old Tessa just dead and Billy's dad saying that they'll never get another dog, and it ends months later...

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NEVER IS A LONG, LONG TIME

This begins with old Tessa just dead and Billy's dad saying that they'll never get another dog, and it ends months later with Dad changing his mind. But there's scarcely a page of grief over Tessa; rather this is about the interval between dogs, when Billy's grandmother takes sick and worries his Mum (but comes home from the hospital for a happy family Christmas), and his married sister (""our Sandra"") has a baby on whom everyone dotes--especially Sandra's Steve, happily settled after Flying Free (1976). Cate lays on the domestic warmth in this snug little sequel, and his easy way with British working-class dialogue gives the family some honest-to-goodness appeal.

Pub Date: Dec. 15, 1978

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Nelson

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 1978