HIGH ROAD HOME by William Corbin
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As in his Deadline (1952), the newspaper angle figures markedly in William Corbin's latest story- about a fourteen year old French boy, Nico LaFlamme and his search that lead him to friendship with America. In sum, it is a better book than Deadline and the author's skill as a writer of sensitive, far better than average fiction for young people seems to be developing. With his insight, we get a very convincing picture of the lonely young Nico, as well as some of our own American shortcomings. When Nico comes to America, he is on his way to live with an adoptive family in San Francisco. But his real ambition is to search for a father he believes alive, even though all reports say he was killed by the Germans in underground activity during the war. So the boy, wise beyond his age and extremely adaptive to his surroundings, jumps his train and his guardian in Cincinnati to hunt, aided only by a worn newsclipping. He meets an American boy, Dud, aspiring to be a reporter, who takes his side and together they have a series of cross country adventures that lands them in San Francisco, older and wiser, and though the search for M. LaFlamme ends in disappointment- that is assuaged by greater rewards- a new home for Nico and the start of a career for Dud. Promising.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1953
Publisher: Coward-McCann