Zena Sutherland

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There is little action in this sensitive story [A Formal Feeling], but there is growth and change, so that when it is time for Anne to go back to boarding school after her unhappy vacation, she can accept the status quo and can weep for the person her mother really was rather than the idealized woman she had been trying to remember. A candid story, this unfolds and grows smoothly, with a perceptive meshing of personalities and relationships that are strongly drawn.

Zena Sutherland, in a review of "A Formal Feeling," in Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Vol. 36, No. 2, October, 1982, p. 34.

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