THE MOST WONDERFUL MOVIE IN THE WORLD by Barbara Ford

THE MOST WONDERFUL MOVIE IN THE WORLD

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

 If seventh grader Moira Flynn were a Unitarian, as is her best friend, Jane, she'd be allowed to see Vivien Leigh in Gone With the Wind, the most wonderful movie in the world. But Moira is Catholic and the Legion of Decency has rated the movie objectionable, so Jane is going to the movie with another girl. Moira must wrestle with her conscience--if she sneaks out to see the movie will it be a mortal sin? The story starts off a little stiffly, too obviously setting up the conflict through dialogue in the first chapter. Then Ford (The Eagles' Child, 1991) warms to the tale and Moira soon emerges as a likeable and very real girl, with all the innocence befitting the 1940s small-town setting. Some of the minor Catholic characters remain fairly typecast; others, including Moira's mother, reveal unexpected sides. Contemporary readers may have different concerns from Moira's but will be delighted by her sincere efforts to find a way around the rules and the resolution of her conflicting feelings. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: June 1st, 1996
ISBN: 0-525-45455-1
Page count: 155pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 1996