HELP! I'M A PRISONER IN THE LIBRARY by Eth Clifford

HELP! I'M A PRISONER IN THE LIBRARY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

When their father runs out of gas in Indianapolis and walks off into the blizzard to find some, ten-year-old Mary Rose and her sister Jo-Beth, seven, leave the car in search of a bathroom and find themselves (at five p.m.) locked inside an unusual children's library full of storybook statues, historical displays, and the like. During the course of a spooky night they are frightened by a mynah bird and by moans from above. It turns out that the librarian who lives upstairs, having volunteered her old family home for the library, has fallen and hurt herself; and by morning when the electricity and phones come back on, the girls have made friends with the prickly old spinster and have suggested a new role for the house--children's museum--to keep it going after the city moves the books to its new branch library. The imprisonment of the title refers only to a sign Jo-Beth puts in the window early on; nothing that exciting really happens, but it's a cozy adventure, easy to read in a sitting.

Pub Date: Oct. 24th, 1979
ISBN: 0590443518
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin