KITTY IN THE MIDDLE by Judy Delton

KITTY IN THE MIDDLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

How it was to be a Catholic-school fourth-grader in 1942 St. Paul, Minnesota. Kitty worries about finding ""do"" in music class, is rewarded for breaking a bad habit she never had, and with her friends Eileen and Margaret Mary she crashes a wedding reception in the church basement and has a taste of glamor at tea in what the girls had believed to be a haunted house. The first day of school brings unexpected excitement when Gerald Calder, who wants to be expelled and sent to public school, pretend-accidentally steps on Sister Ursuline's headdress when she bends over to pick up a holy card. And toward the end of the year, the former actress who lives in the haunted house comes up with the dress Margaret Mary badly needs to crown the Queen of the May. Delton is a bit heavy-handed in her characterization of Kitty's very different friends, but the Catholic-school setting (and its effect on the girls' thoughts and behavior) is delightfully on target, and it's viewed with easygoing humor.

Pub Date: April 25th, 1979
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin