Jean C. Thomson

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[Touching], designed to disperse ignorance about and fear of cerebral palsy, has an enormously sympathetic central character. But it is less a novel than a personified tract, written in a distracting patchwork narrative style and featuring two-dimensional supporting characters…. The portrait of a sad, superbly brave human being, not an object, has emerged here; however, Twink, the heroine and focal point, deserves a story more steadily told as well as more believable associates. Harry's occasional peripheral remarks about his life as a student aren't enough to give him completeness as a character; so too with his stepsister Whizzer…. The story is replete with honesty, but lacks the stylistic integrity to make it entirely convincing. (pp. 121-22)

Jean C. Thomson, "The Book Review: 'Touching'," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the November, 1970 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1970), Vol. 17, No. 3, November, 1970, pp. 121-22.


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