With a small New England town as background, a story centered around an inheritance of old books as it welds the lives of...

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With a small New England town as background, a story centered around an inheritance of old books as it welds the lives of two young people, takes on truly adult tones and compares with the author's Come Be My Love. (1949, p. 363). In Stapleton, Squeak Bruce, in her teens, holds a childhood reverence for old Mrs. Frostgate whose heir, the actress Clare Clayton, has recently come to live there and to tell Squeak of the old books Mrs. Frostgate has bequeathed her. But the will also stipulates young Cliff Hawks, a boy with a chip on his shoulder from a broken family life, as Squcak's co-recipient. As Squeak and Cliff work together, their problems- as well as the books- are shared. One of the puzzlers concerns Clare who had to leave the stage through an unjust quarrel with a producer, and Cliff and Squeak help solve it on a trip to New York that also sees the sale of the books and the unfolding of their love for each other. A book that brings a satisfying maturing into clear relief.

Pub Date: May 6, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1954

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