WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE LAMB? by Mildred Ames

WHO WILL SPEAK FOR THE LAMB?

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Julie Peters, 17, famous high-fashion model, goes to a public high school after a nervous breakdown earns her a rest from her career. There, she meets Laura Ryder and her brother Jeff, avid anti-vivisectionists, who try to involve her in their cause. Jeff also teaches Julie to drive; romance ensues. But when Jeff gets involved in a plot to liberate test animals from his college lab, he discovers that the experimenter is Julie's father--whose career could be ruined by the planned raid. The facts of vivisection are well researched and realistically portrayed here; unfortunately, however, the characters are not. It's hard to believe that Julie's modelling career made her naive and wimpy, that never in her glitzy life did she encounter sex or people protesting against fur coats. Even her breakdown-mentioned only in passing--seems unmotivated. Unnatural dialogue, clumsy writing, and annoying anachronisms plague this--which is a pity because the ethics of vivisection merit thoughtful exploration.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1989
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Harper & Row