TONY FOR KEEPS by Electa Clark


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A blithe but trying little story by the author of The Dagger, the Fish, and Casey McKee (McKay, 1955), a mystery-fantasy with more spine, this recounts the cross- country doings of the Feather family. A swapper and a wanderer by nature, Mr. Feather is father to Nick and Stanley, and husband to Mrs. Feather, who loves to bake. One day, they buy a trailer, and off they all go, first to Indiana. It is there that the Feathers meet Tina who is being taken to an orphanage by another family. Captivated by the Feathers, Tina runs off to join them and the rest of the book is concerned with the Feathers' unsuccessful attempt to notify the authorities about her, the changing of her name from Tina to Tony (a rather senseless step), the happiness of a home in the West for them all, and a Pie-and-Swap Shop for Mr. and Mrs. Feather. An unfortunate attempt to be cute keeps this from being what it could be.

Pub Date: Oct. 3rd, 1955
Publisher: Winston