PIPPA PASSES by Scott Corbett
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Pippa Phillips, everybody's favorite child star, came pelting off the train and eleven year old Meg Kendrick, dependably in charge of her eight year old sister Lulie, found herself dazzled into an accomplice role. Orphaned Pippa Phillips' announced intention was to get away from an aunt and uncle exploiting her and lie low just long enough for another uncle who would provide her with a comfortable, non-working obscurity to return from abroad. The Kendrick sisters, who had been waiting for their train to camp, can provide the perfect cover. Pippa insists that no adult would help her hide and Meg reluctantly agrees, secretly pleased to offer rescue to a celebrity--Pippa can take the place at camp of her cousin Cathy whose arrival is delayed by measles. The camp setting is true to type: Indian dedicated directors, age-segregated tent life, a slavishly devoted, misfit bunkmate and the usual overbearing spoil sport. This last proves Pippa's undoing. Pippa's expert take-off of the girl at a typical camp entertainment reveals her true identity. Meg is unnerved by it all but really confused when Pippa passes up her returned uncle for ""just one more picture"" based on her escapade. That you can't cure a ham and that you can go out on a limb and get left is part of Meg's nicely handled disenchantment which features a good spoof of on the spot TV interviews. Plausible girl's adventure, humorously directed toward an understated insight into motives and responsibilities.

Pub Date: April 11th, 1966
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston