TOMASITO AND THE GOLDEN LLAMAS by Jane Castellanos

TOMASITO AND THE GOLDEN LLAMAS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The anxieties of adjustment, the mock-heroic climb to success for Tomasito who leaves Peru with his sister and her new husband, Senor Jack. In California ""Tommy"" suffers through seventh grade, especially in English class, but Indian friend Joe is having trouble too and misery loves company. So well-behaved he makes Dondi look like a bad kid, Tomasito oversees a ride concession (Jack brought four back) to earn their keep, campaigns for Joe's uncle when he runs for supervisor, even gives up baseball to study doubletime. It's unnecessarily extensive though--all the details of the home and departure in Peru, the trip to California, the nightmarish dream of golden, immobile Hamas are tedious rather than expressive, serve mainly to suggest a future (archaeology) for him.

Pub Date: Aug. 21st, 1968
Publisher: Golden Gate