Ethel L. Heins

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With his keen intelligence and a boy's clear, uncluttered vision, Henry began to penetrate the apparent hypocrisy of the world of adults [in Henry 3]. Only in a time of crisis when a hurricane brought tragedy and destruction to the town, did Henry glimpse the nobility and truth in people. His encounter with life—his first realization of human strengths and weaknesses—was the beginning of maturity. Henry's story makes a long, thoughtful book which speaks directly to young people with far more vitality, immediacy, and compassion than either of the author's two Newbery Medal books. (p. 71)

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Ethel L. Heins, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1968 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), February, 1968.

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