BEYOND ANOTHER DOOR by Sonia Levitin

BEYOND ANOTHER DOOR

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Richard Lupoff had fun promoting werewolves as a persecuted minority group in Lisa Kane (1976). Here Daria, an eighth-grader, is misunderstood because of her newly sprung ESP powers, but it's no laughing matter. Her best friend Kelly has an asthma attack when a ghost appears out of a dish to inform Daria that she is a ""love child,"" and Mother, ""practical as a fence post,"" tries to keep Daria from making contact with Grandma Ruth, long dead, who reveals too many family secrets in addition to grooming Daria as heir to her psychic powers. Grandma last materializes standing ""poised over the toilet seat. . . looking very much like white cheesecloth a trifle damp and blowing on a clothesline."" But the effect is goopy rather than satirical, and aimed straight at girls unsophisticated enough to be envious of Daria's boyfriend Rob ("". . . what's so terrific. . . you really like each other,"" says a friend breathlessly) and not too particular about how their family skeletons are attired.

Pub Date: March 9th, 1977
Publisher: Atheneum