Lolly Bancroft, whose desire to join her Fortune cousins in the Good Fortunes Gang is thwarted by her last name, needs her cousins' help in bringing her parents back together. Reprint. K.
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Book Two of The Cousins Quartet focuses on Lolly Bancroft, whose parents are having a heated quarrel that Lolly imagines will end in divorce--not a pleasing prospect, though she'd like being a full-fledged Fortune like her cousins if Mum reverts to her maiden name. It's true, as Mum says, that Dad is overly critical; still, Lolly loves him dearly. The only person who's pleased is Dad's snooty mother, who never approved of the Fortunes and is eager to have Dad back. Meanwhile, Lolly decides to live up to her full name, Lorelei, by becoming more assertive, and she and her feisty cousins, each with a personal agenda (Tracey wants Dad's Jaguar to stay in the family; Tessa needs his financial advice), contrive some mild pranks that have delightfully comic results--and achieve their aim of getting the parents back together. Lolly decides that ``Lorelei Bancroft'' suits her best, and wins a spot in her cousins' treehouse despite her different surname. Like The Good Fortunes Gang (p. 788), a lively, accessible story told with unusual wit and sagacity. (Fiction. 8-11) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5-This second installment in the series concerns a cousin whose inclusion in the close-knit Good Fortunes Gang is in doubt. Lorelei "Lolly" Bancroft unfortunately has her father's name, not her mother's maiden one. She thinks she may soon become a Fortune, however, because her parents have had a terrible fight and her father has gone to stay with his snobby, controlling mother. Facing this problem causes the girl to examine her own behavior. When she is Lolly Bancroft, she's afraid of doing the wrong thing- "Lolly's a wet, half-chewed, sugary name"-but when she is Lorelei Fortune, she's adventurous and brave. Lorelei wins out in the end, her parents reconsider their situation, and the cousins accept her-all in 112 pages. There are too many things going on and too many people to allow much depth of plot or character, and the grandmother is just too wicked. Lorelei-Lolly is more believable than the rest, and her feelings and sense of humor are shown with honesty and liveliness.
Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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