Paul Heins

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Although the events of the narrative [in The Treasure Is the Rose] are skillfully articulated and suggest a medieval tale, the mood and style are redolent of a Pre-Raphaelite kind of romanticism…. The characters are exaggerated conventions; and the final effect of the story is one of emotional preciosity. (pp. 49-50)

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Paul Heins, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1974 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), February, 1974.

The gray vacuum that is Gravel Winter's soul will remind you of the aloof presence of Gilly in Dorp Dead, but [in Come to the Edge] it is kindness more than cruelty which threatens the integrity of a boy's alienation…. [At times] Gravel is so full of his own message that you want to shake him and indeed, in the twelve years since Dorp Dead, Cunningham has acquired such baggage as symbolic roses. Yet the dichotomy between possessiveness and the bonds of trust, as acted out by the sniveling miser Gant and Paynter…. seems to inspire this author's best efforts; even her constricted solipsistic manner is oddly complementary to the theme. (p. 4)

Kirkus Reviews (copyright © 1977 The Kirkus Service, Inc.), January 1, 1977.

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