JOANNA ALL ALONE by Geraldine Kaye


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Too dear by half but oddly authentic in its small way, this is the story of Joanna, whose parents go off to Glyndenbourne ""for the music"" on the eve of her tenth birthday, so that Joanna can't sleep in her Wendy house at the bottom of the garden after all and Yvette the disagreeable French au pair can't go out on her Saturday night date. But when Yvette sneaks out anyway, Joanna goes off to the playhouse, and from there she gets involved with a band of flower child squatters who enlist her aid in breaking into the vacant house next door, leave her to dance alone on the roof as they flee the police, and, in their haste, unwittingly leave a baby behind to spend the rest of the night with Joanna in the Wendy house. Joanna is a bit too prim and precious for belief, the colloquialisms shift confusingly between British and American usage, and the squatters' stereotypical hippie talk does get to be like a drag, man. However, everyone turns out to be so amiable that Joanna's midnight adventure ends more agreeably than anyone would expect.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1975
Page count: 120pp
Publisher: Nelson