WAIT AND SEE by Virginia Bradley


Age Range: 10 - 12
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 When Grandpa's housekeeper, Doff, must return to England to care for her aged mother, the change is almost impossible for Amy to accept; her parents died when she was a baby, and affectionate, sensible Doff has always cared for her. In the weeks before Doff leaves, other transitions also trouble the sixth grader: Best friend Roger is preoccupied with boys' soccer; off-and-on friend Sukie is too quirky to be dependable; and bright, pretty new classmate Violetta is becoming Amy's first close female friend, despite oddities that at first set her apart--especially, an anxious, dependent mother who's on a hopeless quest for Violetta's long-departed dad. An excess of detail, realistic but not especially telling, slows Amy's narrative; and though the characters are essentially believable, they aren't realized in any depth and, disconcertingly, the author poses some puzzles that she never resolves. Is Sukie really ill, or just a habitual malingerer, and if so, why? More important, what causes Violetta's mother's turnaround? (The hints given are too vague for their crucial role in the conclusion.) Most effective are the girls' growing mutual understanding and Amy's gradual turn from irrational anger to acknowledgment of Doff's need to go to her own family. Too many promising themes go undeveloped here; still, enjoyable light fiction. (Fiction. 10- 12)

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1994
ISBN: 0-525-65158-6
Page count: 162pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 1994