Babbis Friis-Baastad Rose S. Bender

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Rose S. Bender

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Despite the title [Wanted! A Horse!], horse enthusiasts will not find much to satisfy them in this muddled story. Friis has woven together the standard strands: silly, non-understanding parents; two young girls whose family has been broken by divorce and whose relationship to the hero, Svein, is both nebulous and contrived; and some sophisticated and unmotivated teenagers, including one whose behavior is meant to be an example of modern destructiveness…. Even the addition of a touch of mystery fails to produce the desired suspense, and the denouement is slow, unclear and boring. (p. 2960)

Rose S. Bender, in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, September 15, 1972; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company); copyright © 1972 by Xerox Corporation), September 15, 1972.