Harriet Morrison

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Bonham combines fantasy, mystery, and adventure in [Hey, Big Spender , which is] set in a present-day West coast ghetto. Black, teenaged Cool is aware of the drug abuse, racial prejudice, poverty, and crime which surround him, but he is above it. Living with Aunt Jo, he helps her...

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Bonham combines fantasy, mystery, and adventure in [Hey, Big Spender, which is] set in a present-day West coast ghetto. Black, teenaged Cool is aware of the drug abuse, racial prejudice, poverty, and crime which surround him, but he is above it. Living with Aunt Jo, he helps her maintain a ramshackle foster home where love is more abundant than food. Cool is also employed by enfeebled, seemingly penniless "Breathing Man" to help him give $650,000 to the needy…. Despite [a slow start, the story] picks up and concludes strongly. Unfortunately, the realities of present-day ghettoes makes it hard to swallow Bonham's romantic picture of life in them. (p. 74)

Harriet Morrison, in School Library Journal (reprinted from the January, 1973 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co. A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1973), January, 1973.

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