THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY by O. T. Nelson

THE GIRL WHO OWNED A CITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Though the jacket copy promises that Lisa's story ""excites the mind as well as the emotions,"" we found this Libertarian blueprint for the future the most depressing prospect we've seen in years. When all adults over twelve are killed off by a mysterious virus, Lisa--by virtue of her suerpior moral fiber, of which we hear a great deal--takes charge and organizes the scavenging kids into the communal city of Glenbard. Lisa's biggest enemies are the marauding gangs that live by stealing, and military operations are her biggest preoccupation. Whether or not this is an accurate projection of child anarchy, the smug portrayal of this eleven-year-old Napoleon and her final victory by power of persuasion are unconvincingly programmatic.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Page count: 180pp
Publisher: Lerner