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[In "Taking Sides," the] author has probed another unusual family situation with her customary frankness and stylistic flair that just avoids glibness. Twelve-year-old Nell is getting used to her parents' second divorce…. She copes with New York sophistication and a superdeveloped sense of responsibility until her father has a heart attack…. One wonders if in revealing the human frailties of parents, the author might be creating a breed of over-mature children; in spite of this, her story is readable and speaks openly to the concerns of many preadolescents.

A review of "Taking Sides," in The Booklist, Vol. 70, No. 22, July 15, 1974, p. 1254.

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