BE BRAVE, CHARLIE by Patricia Miles Martin


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In the end, Charlie's fears that the education at the Navaho boarding school will tear him away from the reservation and his beloved desert seem to have been amply justified. His gradual adaptation to school life -- as he learns to excel at baseball and enjoy reading and resolves to learn auto mechanics in the hopes of running a traveling library back home -- never confronts the real problem of whether Charlie and his cousin Walter will still feel in their element when they return to the reservation for their winter vacation. Bonnie Johnson's affectless drawings, with flat overlays in bright lavender and turquoise, fail to provide the emotional warmth and individualization that this boarding school bibliotherapy so much needs.

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 1972
Publisher: Putnam