Eilís Dillon is an experienced novelist, so it is not surprising that her wide range of characters should all be fully drawn—the adults as well as the children…. [She succeeds] in communicating a real sense of setting and atmosphere and [her] characters … are real people acting from believable motives. If the traditional adventure story has any future this is how it should be written. (p. 97)
Frank Eyre, "Fiction for Children," in his British Children's Books in the Twentieth Century (copyright © 1971 by Frank Eyre; reprinted by permission of the publishers, E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc.; in Canada by Penguin Books Ltd.), Longman Books, 1971, Dutton, 1973, pp....
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