In this sequel to The War on Villa Street, Mazer shows how much he cares about his characters. And because he cares, readers will welcome meeting Willis Pierce again. Back in the city, 19-year-old Willis dreams of the perfect girl friend. Sophie Browne is a plain farm girl and also alone when she meets Willis. He isn't interested in Sophie but she sees him as the lover for whom she has always longed. It takes time, but Willis grows close to Sophie, although he's attracted to another girl. Sophie, hurt by the situation, goes home. In her absence, Willis realizes another ambition, running in a champion race without permission and getting into trouble. As a consequence, however, he's offered a college scholarship and goes to tell Sophiewhom he knows he needsabout his triumph. It's an exciting story of conflicts and tenderness, with emphasis on Sophie's strength. She's willing to love but not to settle for less than equality. Ages 12-up. (September)
Reviewed on: 09/01/1987 Release date: 09/01/1987 Genre: Children's
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