Another story of the Dillon family (see The Different One which won the Dodd, Mead Librarian Prize Competition in 1955)...

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THE BEAU COLLECTOR

Another story of the Dillon family (see The Different One which won the Dodd, Mead Librarian Prize Competition in 1955) concentrates on Ella's younger sister Charl, almost completely opposite in personality. El comes in for her share of the story too. The Dillons are a big, close, happy California family and they spend summer vacation camping in the Yosemite. If Charl's style is somewhat cramped by her father's insistence that she isn't, at 15, ready for real dates, she still makes a splendid show of things within her limits, and the boys flock around. Though Charl doesn't realize it her form of friendliness prevents the other girls from having a good time. There are two other elements- Frank Dillon's unacceptable fiancee whom Charl purposefully alienates and El's romance with mysterious Brian Land, who finds happiness through her after an accident prevented him from being a pianist. These are not well integrated with Charl's final realization that she must be sensible as well as friendly, but the narrative is direct and humorous. A book that respects the emotional age for which it is intended.

Pub Date: Jan. 8, 1957

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1957