Fitchett's Folly

Colby F. Rodowsky, Author Farrar Straus Giroux $15 (166p) ISBN 978-0-374-32342-4
Rodowsky deftly balances adventure, pathos and surprising comedy in a tale about early days on the New England coast. Sarey-Ann enjoys life with ""Aunt-Mama,'' her late mother's sister, a little brother and her own father, Captain Henry, keeper of the life-saving station. Captain Henry drowns one foggy night after rescuing a child named Faith, who is orphaned by the shipwreck. Aunt-Mama takes in Faith, whom Sarey-Ann blames for Captain Henry's death. Sarey-Ann schemes to get rid of Faith, and the novel hinges on these plots. An unhappy Faith slips out at midnight to look for the rumored ghost ship, and conscience-stricken, Sarey-Ann follows. The girls meet on Fitchett's Folly, dangerous boulders at the shore, where tensions run high before the story's uncontrived resolution abundantly satisfies the reader. Ages 812. (April)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1987
Release date: 04/01/1987
Genre: Children's
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