Zena Sutherland

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[The Rascals from Haskell's Gym is a] story about girl gymnasts [which] seems constructed to emphasize the increasingly popular sport, since the plot is contrived and the sub-plot tangential. Adequately written, save for technical terms that are unexplained, the book focuses on the enmity between two gymnastic schools; the...

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[The Rascals from Haskell's Gym is a] story about girl gymnasts [which] seems constructed to emphasize the increasingly popular sport, since the plot is contrived and the sub-plot tangential. Adequately written, save for technical terms that are unexplained, the book focuses on the enmity between two gymnastic schools; the protagonist, Sissy, is worried about her own performance … and about beating the "Haskell's Raskell's" in a team competition. She's also worried about whether or not her father will be able to hold a piece of property that the hostile Mr. Haskell wants. There's a nice father-daughter relationship, but the rest of the story is labored. (p. 42)

Zena Sutherland, in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (© 1977 by the University of Chicago; all rights reserved), November, 1977.

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