MILO'S NEW WORLD by Detty Morgan Bowen
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A good story dealing with one of our post-war world's serious problems, the problems of the displaced persons (""D.P's""). The setting is the internee settlement at Fort Ontario in upper New York state. The story involves children of many nations and their little adventures with their pots, highlighted against the troubled, unhappy background of insecurity, homelessness, barbed wire enclosures, and the ever-present fear of being sent back to a burnt out land and to memories they wanted to forget. Milo, hero of the story, a mixed-background boy whose mother is missing and whose father was seized by Nazi troopers, longs to be free and safe and able to start a new life with his young sisters and brothers. The real problems of their acceptance by the community, their adjustment to the neighbors, are necessarily settled on a somewhat simple level. And possibly only adult readers will fully appreciate the conscious problems of the children's deeper adjustments. But- all in all- it is a very human story, as Milo resoues a kitten, finds a dog, makes American friends (who help him see the good of America), plays super baseball, and is in the end triumphant in the solution of the main problem. Sound introduction to young Americans.

Pub Date: March 5th, 1947
Publisher: Longmans, Green