HOME ALONE by Eleanor Schick


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A rehearsal, in effect, for being home alone after school--soundly conceived but too prototypical, down to the mode of expression, to carry conviction as a story. In five tiny chapters, each representing a stage of the experience--from ""Coming Home"" to ""Waiting for Mom""--narrator Andy tells how he does just what his mother sensibly has told him (like calling her at the office); finds the note she thoughtfully left for him; accomplishes his tasks responsibly, plays self-reliantly, handles his fears constructively, and generally acquits himself creditably--the point of course being that kids, properly prepared, can cope with being home alone. This might buck up some apprehensive youngsters, but it would be more valuable by far for their parents.

Pub Date: March 7th, 1980
Publisher: Dial