MISS QUINN'S SECRET by Dorothy Aldis


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Here's a good idea that never gets across in a scrambled story that cries for a firm editorial hand... Miss Quinn, an understanding librarian, takes nine-year-old Nora into her secret -- and Nora onlists the interest of a 90-year old town resident in the goal Miss Quinn has suggested, a museum for Beaumont, a small town on a large river. Nora liked pioneer stories; Miss Quinn, with the contents of a dusty attic, and a vivid sense of pioneer history not too long ago in this small town, brings the whole community into a cooperative effort, which springboards from Nora's eager curiosity. The idea of community effort is a valid one- too rarely incorporated in a story. Unfortunately, Dorothy Aldis has ridden off in all directions, and it takes a clue hunter to penetrate to the core of her idea. The story is partly Nora's story, partly the picture of a small town, not far from the frontier some of the oldsters remember, partly a collection of stories told around things and places and people, Indians and overland trails. We wish it could come unscrambled- for it is the type of story we need.

Pub Date: March 25th, 1949
Publisher: Putnam