The Sky Is Falling

Kit Pearson, Author
Kit Pearson, Author Viking Children's Books $15 (256p) ISBN 978-0-670-82849-4
Reviewed on: 05/01/1990
Release date: 05/01/1990
A wrenching separation from her parents is only the first of the difficulties that Norah must face when she and her younger brother Gavin are sent from England to Canada to escape the Nazi bombing. The childrens' wealthy hostess, Mrs. Ogilvie, watches over Gavin with excessive diligence, trying to fashion him into the image of her own dead son. School provides no solace, for Norah's Canadian schoolmates interpret her self-confidence as arrogance and have little to do with her. Gradually, however, the girl finds friends and even succeeds in forging an understanding with Mrs. Ogilvie. Because Norah's emotions are explained more often than shown, her story is robbed of immediacy. Also, some readers may feel that Mrs. Ogilvie's intriguingly sinister obsession with Gavin is a bit too tidily resolved. Still, Pearson's thorough grasp of the period,rather than her gently wandering storyline, gives the novel a pleasing richness. Ages 10-14. (May)
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