THE STEADFAST HEART by Mary Wolfe Thompson
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An appealing novel for teen-age girls based on the practical and emotional problems of older children who because of a disrupted home life have become state wards. It is encouraging to see evidences of interest in these children in juvenile novels --since, not only will young readers placed in this situation find opportunity for satisfying identification, but an understanding portrayal of the peculiar difficulties aids in eradicating some of the prejudice which these children have had to face. With the death of Mrs. Price and the disappearance of her alcoholic husband, the Price children -- Jo(15), Madeline(16), Harry(17) and little Dot(4) -- seemed doomed to be scattered, and although the girls were placed in nice homes, Jo believed she could not weather her life with the somber Bentleys on their farm, even though Dot was placed with her. A perceptive and kindly social worker, good friends, and Jo's own growing maturity help her in adjusting herself to the Bentleys who become devoted and generous foster parents, in helping Harry to turn from his downward path in the father's footsteps, in reconciling herself to seeing Dot placed in a more suitable home, and in bringing about a happy conclusion to the Prices' difficulties.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1951
Publisher: Longmans, Green