CROFTON MEADOWS by Joan Houston

CROFTON MEADOWS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Sheila Michaelson's association with Crofton Meadows, an exclusive girls' school, was via the stable, for her father operated the riding academy on the campus. An unexpected scholarship comes through and she accepts it with misgivings soon borne out by the snobbish demeanor of Lorraine, whose story book life and superior horsemanship presented a great threat to Sheila. But before long, Lorraine's mistreatment of people, her perfectionist attitudes, indiscriminate flirtations and subsequent- ownership of Sheila's favorite filly contribute to her general unpopularity. Yet when the girl is exposed for the fraud she is, Sheila recognizes her pathetic pleas for attention and offers her sympathy and friendship saving her from expulsion. Except at the very beginning there is little authentic background on boarding school life for a long drawn out plot is chiefly concerned with the ups and downs of Lorraine's behavior and its effect on Sheila. This plus the totally unexpected solution make our stay at Crofton Meadows a generally vague experience.

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 1961
Publisher: Crowell