Mavis Thorpe Clark Virginia Haviland - Essay

Virginia Haviland

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The first third of [Wildfire], in which many characters are introduced, moves with a relatively slow pace: but the narrative turns suddenly to descriptions of the frenzied onrush of wind, smoke, and flame as wildfire erupts. As brilliantly graphic as the succession of fire scenes is the quiet after-math, when, with rain falling, the forest is seen "burned into stillness." Central to the story are four individualized teenagers and an eight-year-old…. When the holocaust is over, each of them is a different person…. (p. 140)

Virginia Haviland, in The Horn Book Magazine (copyright © 1974 by The Horn Book, Inc., Boston), October, 1974.

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