Barbara Corcoran Violet H. Harada

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Violet H. Harada

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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[Make No Sound's] chief weaknesses lie in two areas: a lack of character credibility, and a distortion of the deeply-felt roots of Hawaiian mythology. Melody's swift changes of feeling toward her family and her belief that she is Pele's sister are unconvincing. Also, the other characters appear one-dimensional. Although the legends themselves are summarized with some accuracy, having those around Melody denouncing the tales as unscientific ignores the complex interweaving of mythological beliefs and reality in modern Hawaii.

Violet H. Harada, "'Make No Sound'," in Children's Book Review Service (copyright © 1978 Children's Book Review Service Inc.), Vol. 6, No. 6, Winter, 1978, p. 56.