Rosemary Wells Zena Sutherland

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Zena Sutherland

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

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The characterization [in Leave Well Enough Alone] is strong and the dialogue natural; the story is overcrowded however, with the mystery and suspense of the adult coffin, with Dorothy's adjustment to a job and a situation for which she is equally ill-prepared, and with the dominating theme of her struggles with her conscience and her reiterated but abortive promises to herself and to God that she will stop lying and meddling. (p. 40)

Zena Sutherland, in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (© 1977 by the University of Chicago; all rights reserved), October, 1977.