Norma Fox Mazer Dick Abrahamson - Essay

Dick Abrahamson

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[Taking Terri Mueller] is one of Norma Mazer's best. Terri moves from town to town with her father. Their relationship is one of mutual love and friendship. As Terri grows older, she begins to question the secrecy and frequency of their moves across the country….

Terri eavesdrops on a conversation between her father and her aunt and finds out that her mother is not dead as she'd been told. She also finds that her father kidnapped her after her mother was granted child custody. Mazer does a fine job of taking Terri through the emotional ups and downs caused by her discovery. She wants to contact her mother, but she's afraid her father will be jailed. She's mad at him for denying her a permanent home and an extended family, but she loves him for the sacrifices he's made to keep her. Against her father's wishes, Terri goes to visit her mother. Again, the awkwardness and the tension of the mother/daughter meeting is well done. Terri ultimately faces the decision of whether or not she lives with her mother or goes back to her father. The book is timely and well written.

Dick Abrahamson, in his review of "Taking Terri Mueller," in The ALAN Review, Vol. 9, No. 3, Spring, 1982, p. 15.