Lizzie Logan Wears Purple Sunglasses

Judith Stuller Hannant, Author, Eileen Spinelli, Author, Julie Durrell, Illustrator Simon & Schuster $14 (122p) ISBN 978-0-671-74685-8
Picture book author Spinelli (Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch) enters middle-grade fiction with a rather pedestrian chronicle of an on-again, off-again friendship. Just after her family moves to a new house, eight-year-old Heather is greeted by a 10-year-old neighbor, Lizzie Logan, who has a ``sourball stare'' and dialogue to match: ``Is your name really Heather?... I hate that name.'' Shunned by the other girls on the block, Lizzie leads Heather into a series of weird escapades, from pretending to smoke cigarette butts to fishing in mud puddles. Lizzie's abrasive tongue and occasionally bad behavior set off a few silent feuds, but Heather, guided a little too overtly by her wise mother, comes to appreciate Lizzie's imagination and also finds some sympathy for Lizzie's family troubles. No surprises here, and not much subtlety, either. Ages 7-10. (June)
Reviewed on: 05/30/1994
Release date: 06/01/1994
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