THE WINNEMAH SPIRIT by Carolyn Lane

THE WINNEMAH SPIRIT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sally's problem here is a refreshing one--her embarrassment over sister Emmy's innate goodness, for which Emmy is constantly singled out as an Example. Docile Emmy is powerfully unpopular with her fellow campers until she breaks a rule to perform an act of charity, bringing contraband food and cigarettes to Sally and another girl quarantined for poison ivy. But though it's easy to believe that being too good can be a social liability, it's harder to credit these campers' conversion to the ""Winnemah Spirit"" and their desire, however fitful, to win the Honor Camper award which, you guessed it, goes to Emmy in the end. Lane wavers between satirizing and celebrating gung-ho camp life which would be forgivable except that you keep waiting for a plot turnabout, or at least a surprise on awards night, neither of which ever materializes. Dispiriting.

Pub Date: April 9th, 1975
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin