The Temptation of Kate

Peter Silsbee, Author
Peter Silsbee, Author Bradbury Press $13.95 (155p) ISBN 978-0-02-782761-3
Reviewed on: 03/01/1999
Release date: 03/01/1999
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After her parents' divorce, Kate moves with her mother from Brooklyn to a small town. She encounters a devil in disguise who plans to gain honor in the demonic community by transforming Kate's despair into suicide. When this nasty scheme backfires, Kate is left with a renewed appreciation of life. Unfortunately, Kate's positive outlook doesn't surface till the book's end, resulting in a depressing read for sensitive teens. In addition, Kate's parents are unrealistically self-centered; they barely notice that their daughter is on the brink of self-destruction. Although the author has started out with a fascinating idea and gone at it with the best intentions, the result reads more like a plot line than a novel. The writing is brisk and pleasant to read, but Silsbee's breezy treatment trivializes the importance of the subject. Ages 11-14. (Sept.)
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