Zena Sutherland

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[The Clown is a fast-paced adventure story which has] a strong plot, an unusual setting, sympathetic characters strongly drawn, suspense, love interest and a vigorous writing style. The orphaned daughter of an American diplomat, Liza is in Moscow with a tiresome aunt and uncle who need her help…. Liza uses her uncle's passport and clothes to smuggle out of the country a Russian clown who is in danger for political reasons…. The details of the planning and execution of the escape are intriguing and convincing, and the end of the story is satisfying but not pat. A doughty and believable heroine, a cracking good book.

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Zena Sutherland, "New Titles for Children and Young People: 'The Clown'," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (© 1976 by The University of Chicago; all rights reserved), Vol. 29, No. 5, January, 1976, p. 75.

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