The Secret Life of Hilary Thorne

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9780689314056: The Secret Life of Hilary Thorne

As Hilary's home life deteriorates after her family's move to the country, her adventures with the book characters she reads about increases to the point where she knows she must learn to control her talents and involve herself more in the real world.

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 4-6 Wood attempts too much in this brief novel. Hilary is an alienated young girl whose love for reading provides her with creative material for fantastic escapes. Each member of Hilary's family faces personal adjustment as well as interpersonal conflicts, precipitated by a recent move into an expensive new home. Wood does show some skillful writing, indicated in such scenes as the final excursion in which Hilary is lost in the ``wonderland'' of Alice. However, the relationships among the family members, and even Hilary's relationship with her English teacher, are too superficially (and quickly) developed. More importantly, Hilary's vivid belief in her fantasy world is too disturbing to dismiss as the result of an active imagination fed by loneliness. The story falls short of having the impact and power that, given the serious nature of the subject and its treatment, readers expect. Karen P. Smith, Graduate School of Library and Information Study, Queens Col., N.Y.
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From Publishers Weekly:

With her father's new, high-pressured job on Madison Avenue and his resulting personality change, Hilary finds an increasing need to escape into a fantasy world peopled with characters from the books she has read. When her troubles at home and school mount, the fantasy world becomes so comfortable that Hilary almost decides to reside there permanently. To begin with, the premise relies on readers having at least an elementary knowledge of specific books. Then, the fantasy scenes are not successfully imagined and familiar characters do not follow the inner logic of the stories from which they've emerged, and therefore become less than the fully realized beings they were. Finally, some readers may cry foul when Hilary says to her mother, who has just turned down a chance to re-illustrate The Wind in the Willows , "Your drawings were so much better than Rackham's!" An unsatisfying effort. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Published by Atheneum (1988)
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