This is the winner of the Dodd, Mead-Librarian Prize Competition -- and the might- be true kind of adolescent story that...

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THE DIFFERENT ONE

This is the winner of the Dodd, Mead-Librarian Prize Competition -- and the might- be true kind of adolescent story that recognizes the emotional level at which these stories should be placed. For Ella Dillon, ""the different one"", is soundly conceived and realistically drawn. She seems younger, perhaps than her fifteen years what with the inner circle of her best friends, her passionate concentration on eliminating her freckles, which she blamed for her unpopularity with boys. But the problems themselves are made as real as they are to girls in the painful process of growing up. Her father's determination to keep her young, with his refusal to allow dates and high heels, may have been partly responsible and that too is handled well. Here is a first rate story of the younger teens, which strikes a recognizable note whether the problems are emotional ones at school, at home, or within the girl's own mind. The writing at times seems below the level of the content. But the choice of this as a winner (of course I didn't see the runners up) seems a good one.

Pub Date: March 28, 1955

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dodd, Mead

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1955