ELIZABETH AND THE YOUNG STRANGER by Mina Lewiton
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ELIZABETH AND THE YOUNG STRANGER

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Camden Hollow, New England, with its share of smug complacent inhabitants was hardly the place for a Czechoslovakian family to find acceptance. Yet despite her own innocent background, Elizabeth Innis is deeply attracted to the strange brooding Andre Hofner, with his memories of war and destruction symbolically stamped on his arm forever in little blue numbers. The two go for long walks and for the first time, Libb shares her aspirations with someone and finds inspiration in his own searching and admirable ideals. But Libb must contend with a stern obstacle. Admonished by her father for meeting Andre secretly and aware of his own suspicion toward foreigners, Elizabeth agrees not to see Andre again. Fortunately for Elizabeth, there are others in the town who can see the Hofners for what they are and at a town party, the ""Force for Good"", an upstanding citizen, praises Andre's talents and convinces Mr. Innis that the family is a valuable addition to the community. Libb is overjoyed and knows now she will continue her friendship with ""the stranger"". To the delight of the serious reader, Miss Lewiton goes beneath the surface of superficial teenage problems to deal perceptively with basic issues. This fact far outweighs our objection to her somewhat idealized solution.

Pub Date: Sept. 8th, 1961
Publisher: McKay