Don't be put off by a cheap and common looking jacket and a stupid title, for this is good Janet Lambert, and a mature...

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LITTLE MISS ATLAS

Don't be put off by a cheap and common looking jacket and a stupid title, for this is good Janet Lambert, and a mature handling of sixteen's sense of insecurity, frustration and emotional instability. Tippy, the younger Parrish girl, feels she is being shoved around without being consulted when she goes with her mother to join her father, stationed in Germany. She hated everything about it; went into a tailspin of concern over the defeated Germans and their bombed cities; found the lovely mountain village Germisch a bore; was lonely and irritable and a bundle of contradictions. Even a Christmas holiday in Switzerland, with her West Point brother on leave, looked like a freeze-out to her, until there was the nice surprise of her friend Allie at the hotel -- and Ken, the attractive young lieutenant stationed in Munich, turns up to make it a foursome. Relief comes when she is told she can go back to America with her brother -- and only then does she realize that she wants to stay, and see it through. The story ends on a hint that there'll be another book about school in Munich -- and Peter at home vs Ken in Germany to make the romantic aspects enticing. Good characterization- some provocative problems to face (hence the title?) -- and the dependable realism in dialog.

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 15, 1949