Next-Door Neighbors

Sarah Ellis, Author Margaret K. McElderry Books $16 (160p) ISBN 978-0-689-50495-2
In 1957, Peggy Davies's family moves when her minister father gets a new church. Shy Peggy's adjustments are the focus of this undramatic yet moving novel. The lie she tells to be popular inevitably rebounds. She reluctantly becomes friends vary wording? ``befriend'' below with her younger, nerdy neighbor, George, and together the pair defies the small-town social taboos by befriending a Chinese gardener. Peggy's small victories and adventures add up to a convincing portrayal of quiet maturation. Ellis's ( A Family Project ) evocation of characters in a more peaceful era will have readers looking forward to more of her well-told and comforting novels. Ages 9-12. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
Paperback - 978-0-440-40620-4
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