NOBODY WANTED TO SCARE HER by Alice Cromie

NOBODY WANTED TO SCARE HER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Thirteen year-old orphan Gillian Babcock Saunders has three wealthy bachelor guardians -- a black movie star and poet who was formerly a pro footballer, a Chicago Tribune sportswriter who looks like Robert Redford and a Paris based editor with playboy instincts. It's obvious from the start that this is wish fulffilment and not a very healthy sort, particularly since Gill relies on her charm to wring mushy endearments and expensive presents from all three. Anyway there's a mystery involving an old diary Gill is transporting to London and thanks to her cleverness and caution Gill manages to evade the crooks who want to steal it and even teams up with the actress/undercover agent who has been assigned to kidnap her. Finally however -- after a mad dash along the Italian autostrada -- Gill is caught only to be rescued by her super-guardians who have been looking out for her as usual. We could do without those daddy/boyfriend guardians and all that they represent, and in any case this is for girls who go gaga over Louis Vuitton luggage, authentic Mary Lincoln brooches and the freebies found in first class jet restrooms -- common enough, but callow just the same.

Pub Date: Sept. 6th, 1974
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: Doubleday