Though happy living with her mother in London, twelve-year-old Susan is consumed by curiosity about the identity of her father and goes on a quest to look for him.
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Grade 4-6-- In a fast-paced, chatty style perfectly suited to the story, 12-year-old Susan meets her father, whom her ex-actress mother had left years before and refuses to discuss. Susan discovers that he is a rich and famous actor living in America, where he stars in a popular television series, Worlds Apart , but who is returning to London to star in a new play. Determined to meet him, she sneaks into his dressing room, and from then on events progress satisfyingly smoothly. She gets her mother and father together (they'd never remarried because they were still in love with each other); and they all live happily ever after on his enormous estate instead of the dingy little apartment in which she and her mother lived. It's a light and frothy modern fairy tale, great fun to read, and not meant to be taken seriously. No problems, no heavy message--just enjoyable escape reading, casted with thoroughly likable people.
- Trev Jones, "School Library Journal"
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Murphy's first novel is an exercise in adolescent wish-fulfillment. Packed with authorial asides and Americanized slang (which some readers might find jarring, given the London setting), the story tells of Susan, 12, who lives an equable life with her mother Petunia, an actress-turned-retailer. They exist amiably in a flat outside London, with little money, but few real concerns. Susan's problem is that she wants to know more about her father, whom her mother refuses to discuss. He turns out to be matinee idol Lloyd Hunter, a rich, kindly man who is still madly in love with Susan's mother, and longing to know his daughter. Naturally, the three of them are soon together. They move into his wonderfully opulent house and Susan gets the dog she's always wanted by story's end. This is more fairy tale than novel, and therefore, may appeal to those looking for light escape. But readers seeking substance will do better elsewhere. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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