CASEY AND THE GREAT IDEA by Joan Lowery Nixon

CASEY AND THE GREAT IDEA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A feeble contrivance in which Casey, a sixth-grader, is first seen arguing with her school principal for integrated (boy-girl) phys ed programs. When he refuses she puts his name on a list of sexist employers her feminist Aunt Eugenia is releasing to the local TV station. But nice TV interviewer Paul soothes the sputtering principal, ostensibly solving the problem although not another word is heard about boy-girl phys ed. Next Casey decides to hold a garage sale and donate the proceeds to Sylvia Schweppe, a young woman who has expressed dissatisfaction with her grocery clerk job. Paul and a ""camera person"" go along for the donation, whereupon Sylvia becomes confused and inadvertently reveals, on camera, her part in a bank robbery. Next Casey decides that Rosalie, a 65-year-old former stewardess, should have her job back. Again Paul and camera go along with Rosalie and Casey on Rosalie's first flight, a charter to Mexico; and this time Casey uncovers a baby-smuggling ring. Sylvia, now an informant, turns up for the airport arrests. All this is as fiat as it is silly, and the vapid drawings are worse.

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 1981
Publisher: Dutton