Dakota of the White Flats

Philip Ridley, Author
Philip Ridley, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $12.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-81168-8
Reviewed on: 02/04/1991
Release date: 02/01/1991
Hardcover - 144 pages - 978-0-14-036893-2
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Set in a dingy, run-down housing complex ironically named White Flats, this hilarious adventure begins when two young residents, quick-witted Dakota Pink and her sidekick, ``Treacle'' Duck, discover the jewel-encrusted pet turtle belonging to their neighbor Medusa, an over-the-hill actress. After the animal (who might be a reincarnation of Medusa's former lover) is stolen by the despicable Henry Twig, the heroines embark on a journey down a murky canal to perform a daring rescue attempt. Readers with active imaginations and stomachs strong enough to digest the more grotesque episodes of this off-beat novel will delight in Ridley's ability to extract excitement, color and magic from the grim wasteland of urban decay that Dakota and her friends call home. Offering fast-paced action, ingenious plotting and an assortment of eccentric characters, the book will tempt even the most die-hard realists to suspend disbelief. Ages 10-up. (Mar.)
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