DIARY OF A FRANTIC KID SISTER by Hila Colman

DIARY OF A FRANTIC KID SISTER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

One of Colman's less issue-oriented and thus less artificial novels, this is about eleven year-old Sara who hates her older sister Didi, but only sometimes, and, later comes to tolerate her and to recognize -- after Didi is jilted by her boyfriend and recovers during a ""fantastic"" tour of Europe -- that the two ""will never really connect."" Meanwhile Sara, who unlike Didi has never had a special friend, establishes a companionable relationship with a boy and -- reluctantly at first -- becomes friendly with Millie, an outcast whose absent father is said to be a drug addict and her mother a ""village bum."" More important though Sara takes a step toward building her own identity by writing a play, based on the Cinderella story, which the teacher decides to produce at school. An unexceptional diary, but normally troubled Sara (who is not really frantic at all) is easy to take.

Pub Date: Nov. 16th, 1973
Page count: 119pp
Publisher: Crown