STREET FAIR SUMMER by Hilary Beckett


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What can you say about a skinny girl going on thirteen,"" Ivy asks her reflection, ""who has freckles and no-color hair?"" Not much, it turns out. A synopsis sounds like parody: Ivy's unhappiness about staying in New York for the summer fades as she takes guitar lessons, scraps and makes up with her best friend, lines up a terrific country rock group for the St. Ursula's Day School Street Fair, and on the climactic day of the fair helps catch a member of the group who tries to make off with the Street Fair earnings (the Other group members are ""shocked and horrified""). The title sets the tone which is epitomized by leading candidates for least promising first and last lines, respectively: ""For Ivy Fenelon the line between her home life and her parents' health food store was sometimes hard to fred"" and ""'Amazing grace! How sweet the sound!' they sang together.

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 1973
Publisher: Dodd, Mead