John Gillespie

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In [The Nitty Gritty, Bonham] returns to Dogtown, a Negro ghetto that was [also] the locale of … Mystery of the Fat Cat . In a more serious vein than [that] book, Bonham tells of 17-year-old Charlie Matthews, who decides to escape his life of poverty by running...

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In [The Nitty Gritty, Bonham] returns to Dogtown, a Negro ghetto that was [also] the locale of … Mystery of the Fat Cat. In a more serious vein than [that] book, Bonham tells of 17-year-old Charlie Matthews, who decides to escape his life of poverty by running away with itinerant, fast-talking Uncle Baron, whom Charlie hero-worships…. The plot is suspenseful, and the characters are well drawn. There are many amusing incidents, though the generally somber tone and serious confrontation with adult failure make this a novel of more limited appeal … than Mystery of the Fat Cat…. (pp. 64-5)

John Gillespie, in School Library Journal (reprinted from the January, 1969 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co. A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1969), January, 1969.

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