NO BOYS ALLOWED by Marilyn Levinson


Age Range: 10 - 12
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 When, by page 15, Cassie decides to keep her father's stamp collection even though she's angrily throwing out all his other possessions, any suspense as to the outcome of this novel of divorce's aftermath is effectively void. At 11, Cassie takes her father's actions (including his upcoming marriage) hard, invoking a ``no boys'' rule to which she wants her older sister and mother to adhere. She fights with best friend Bob (one-note and too wise, and by taking the adults' side, he gives Cassie plenty of new reasons to dislike men) and is grudging about the arrival of great-uncle Harry, who moves in to recuperate from a heart attack. While her mother gets a job and becomes more assertive, Cassie gets busy collecting stamps and working a paper route; by the last page, she's ready to mail her father a conciliatory letter. Cassie's clichÇ-ridden narration offers few insights (``I started to sob deep, wrenching sobs as I mourned the loss of my father''--but she's happy enough next day to make dates with newly introduced characters). A slick journey through well- traveled, much-abused territory; it's hard to care about Cassie's superficially reported woes. (Fiction. 10-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-8167-3135-7
Page count: 124pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1993