THE DARK ADVENTURE by Howard Pease

THE DARK ADVENTURE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A haunting, adult book jacket introduces this latest by Mr. Pease -- a story of a wandering youngster who lost his memory. Johnny Stevens, forced to leave his fatherless home in Illinois to earn money for his mother and brother and sister in his uncle's grocery store in California, is involved in an accident as he is hitchhiking and loses his memory. Adopted by a friendly elderly couple, Johnny becomes ""Charlie Whipple"", and in his search to find his real identity, becomes involved with a spoiled rich man's son, Tony, in the unsavory business in selling marihuana to the ""hot rod"" teen-agers in the California town. Johnny as an innocent bystander is unjustly arrested, and it is not until Tony's father does some detective work and the scene of Johnny's accident is reconstructed, that Johnny is able to break through the bloc he had acquired against leaving school and earning a living, and recover his identity. A first-rate story and some exciting pioneering in the use of psychological devices for juvenile literature. Sensational details tactfully at a minimum.

Publisher: Doubleday