TOUGHEY by Adele Steiner Burlson


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Childhood reminiscences in story form seen through a long adult perspective -- which destroys the sense of immediacy essential for keeping the child's interest. Twelve year old Toughey spends the summer of 1900 on a plantation in Texas -- learning to ride and alternately playing and squabbling with her younger sisters, as well as becoming involved with the escape of a worthy convict, riding with possum-hunters and worrying about the family dog who had personality difficulties. Good material here, but the remoteness and stiff, prim style nullify any appeal the story might have.

Publisher: Steck