A FORTUNATE NAME by Margaret Mahy


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Age Range: 8 - 11
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Book Two of The Cousins Quartet focuses on Lolly Bancroft, whose parents are having a heated quarrel that Lolly imagines will end in divorce--not a pleasing prospect, though she'd like being a full-fledged Fortune like her cousins if Mum reverts to her maiden name. It's true, as Mum says, that Dad is overly critical; still, Lolly loves him dearly. The only person who's pleased is Dad's snooty mother, who never approved of the Fortunes and is eager to have Dad back. Meanwhile, Lolly decides to live up to her full name, Lorelei, by becoming more assertive, and she and her feisty cousins, each with a personal agenda (Tracey wants Dad's Jaguar to stay in the family; Tessa needs his financial advice), contrive some mild pranks that have delightfully comic results--and achieve their aim of getting the parents back together. Lolly decides that "Lorelei Bancroft" suits her best, and wins a spot in her cousins' treehouse despite her different surname. Like The Good Fortunes Gang (p. 788), a lively, accessible story told with unusual wit and sagacity. (Fiction. 8-11)
Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-385-31135-4
Page count: 112pp
Publisher: Delacorte
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 1993


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