THE FAIR ADVENTURE by Elizabeth Janet Gray
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I'm in a quandary about this book, because I liked it so much myself that I'd like to assure everyone that girls in the early teens would like it too, and yet there is, in my mind, an undercurrent suspicion that it is a trifle dated, that the slang is not 1940, that the family point of view is not that of today's modern generation, but rather of the youth of my own day, that the things they do and the way they do them strike a nostalgic note, and would appeal to girls today more as a picture of their parents' day than their own. And yet there are references to radio programs of the moment, which places it today. Having been honest about reservations, I want to say again that I liked it, that I found the heroine, who always seemed to have to play second fiddle to other members of her big family, a very real and likable human being, and that the story, with its episodic treatment and lack of build up to a real climax yet has definite holding quality. The setting is a university town of the South; the family is a professor's family with very moderate means.

Pub Date: July 29th, 1940
Publisher: Viking