MEANING WELL by Sheila Cole

MEANING WELL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This could be just another well meaning demonstration of the perils of social pressure, except that in this case the classroom persecution runs a realistic course with its ostracized victim withdrawn from school and Lisa, who was tom between quiet (deaf?) Peggy and the older friend who took the lead in her baiting, is left with the double guilt of knowing that Peggy considered her a true friend. The battle lines are predictably drawn with selfish Susan and her materialistic mother (she's seen running off to Magnin's) on one side, Peggy and her counterculture actor father (he drinks, but intentionally or not, his home is by far the most stimulating environment). On the other hand Lisa, whose mother is strict but not very communicative, is left squarely in the middle. Yet the children's conversation and after school activities -- making homemade valentines, or watching magic tricks at Peggy's party -- has a surface verity that carries this familiar conflict beyond the limits of prescription.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1974
ISBN: 0595350720
Page count: 72pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts