Two young children -- Michael, a Catholic boy, and Rachel, a Jewish girl -- spin their childhood wishes in a single web....

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Two young children -- Michael, a Catholic boy, and Rachel, a Jewish girl -- spin their childhood wishes in a single web. Their two special ambitions are to leave the little village outside of London and visit the Queen and to journey to Africa. The first is almost realized when Lady Caroline picks up the little hitchhikers and treats them to tea at her house. But before they embark on their secret African safari, they decide to test God's will by attending each others houses of worship. Is their blood pact valid or will they be struck down? Once reassured, they prepare their rubber boat which will carry them to a ship. Suddenly Rachel is thrown overboard and immediately Michael interprets this as an omen of God's wrath. The Priest and the Rabbi soothe Michael, but it is Rachel's complete recovery that thoroughly justifies their ""blood relationship"". Religious angles are handled in the spirit of true brotherhood, and, though the story teaches a lesson, its atmosphere is reminiscent of the charming film ""Forbidden Games"".

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1961

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Publisher: McGraw-Hill-Whittlesey

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1961