Richard Peck

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Rise Bill

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In his first adult novel [Amanda/Miranda], Richard Peck whets our appetite for suspense. he includes all the classic elements of intrigue, from sumptuous passions to a voyage on the ill-starred Titanic. The implausibility of the story, however, while it might indeed charm a teenager into several flashlight-under-the-bedcovers sessions, is hardly food for the serious older reader. While Amanda/Miranda carries sophistication in its style and vocabulary, the characters cry out for a little intellectual substance. Nor do any of them vibrate with sincere emotion; they slide among an astonishing number of events with sheer gymnastic ability. Yet I recommend this novel to those interested in an imaginative story line and a glimpse of England's haut monde.

Rise Bill, "Fiction: 'Amanda/Miranda'," in Best Sellers (copyright © 1980 Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation), Vol. 40, No. 2, May, 1980, p. 50.

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