Lenora Mattingly Weber Helen Oakley - Essay

Helen Oakley

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In [The Winds of March, a] sequel to Don't Call Me Katie Rose, the heroine, a sophomore at Adams High, has the smugness blown out of her by "the winds of March." In this month she has two chastening experiences. First, she must learn to stand by while the irresistible Bruce Seerie overlooks her intellect in favor of her sister's exuberance. The other crisis, a horrifying kidnapping, well handled by both Katie Rose and the author, helps her revise some of her lofty attitudes. Mrs. Weber's teenage dialogue and school setting are authentic, and there is enough action to satisfy girls who can easily identify with this "delightsome" heroine. (p. 2039)

Helen Oakley, in Library Journal (reprinted from Library Journal, April 15, 1965; published by R. R. Bowker Co. (a Xerox company), copyright © 1965 by Xerox Corporation), April 15, 1965.

[A New and Different Summer, the third Katie Rose story,] consists of menu plans and grocery lists. Bringing the Katie Rose gossip up to date—Mrs. Belford has had to go to Ireland to look after a sick relative, leaving K.R. in charge of supervising all household arrangements for the other five children. Katie Rose sees this as her opportunity to change her mother's do-the-cooking from scratch policies…. Nothing very startling happens beyond the domestic routine, and there are enough shopping items to fill two or three more Katie Rose books. The characters are easy to like, though, and are nicely refreshing. And the Irish-American, financially struggling but not impoverished family help to balance out the extremes of the well-to-do and the poor which overpopulate teen books. (pp. 190-91)

Virginia Kirkus' Service (copyright © 1966 Virginia Kirkus' Service, Inc.), February 15, 1966.