Jean C. Thomson
[All the Summer Voices] is a weak tale about a boy who learns to respect his father despite his failings…. David and his father are reconciled when Dad helps save a neighbor's life and rescues David from drowning. This contrived solution shows David that he's a loving father and a brave man. David gets the point (and readers won't miss it either): don't judge the complex world of adults too harshly. David doesn't talk to people his own age; instead he deals with adult problems and listens to adult pronouncements. Action is submerged in the history of the time or town or needlessly interrupted to produce a story that's not as interesting as its locale.
Jean C. Thomson,...
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