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Zena Sutherland

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[Dreamland Lake is a] subtle and provocative novel…. There is some humor in the rather caustic depiction of classroom scenes, but the story is serious; it is not grim, however, despite the fact that it begins and ends with death, because the skilful construction, the sound characterization and dialogue, and the realistic fluctuation and conflict in the relationships outweigh the fact that the boys are reacting to death. (pp. 83-4)

Zena Sutherland, "New Titles for Children and Young People: 'Dreamland Lake'," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (reprinted by permission of The University of Chicago Press; © 1974 by the University of Chicago), Vol. 27, No. 5, January, 1974, pp. 83-4.

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