Zena Sutherland

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In [Chloris and the Freaks] sequel to Chloris and the Creeps, in which Chloris' fanatical devotion to her dead father made her hostile to a stepfather, Fidel, the fourteen-year-old girl is even more bitter and antagonistic…. There's no sweetness and light here. Save for Fidel Mancha, a wise and kind man, all the adult characters are the "freaks" Chloris so contemptuously dubs them. The book has some flaws: an alcoholic teacher talks of his personal life to his class in unconvincing fashion, and the book is oversaturated with Jenny's preoccupation with astrology. Too bad, because the author writes with incisive candor and clarity, albeit a bitter clarity. (pp. 131-32)

Zena Sutherland, in her review of "Chloris and the Freaks," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1976 by The University of Chicago), Vol. 29, No. 8, April, 1976, pp. 131-32.

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