Wallace, Karen. Wendy.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

WALLACE, Karen. Wendy. Simon & Schuster, Pulse. 307p. c2003. 1-4169-0314-3. $6.99. J

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, January 2004: You remember the Darling family from Peter Pan--Wendy is the oldest, with two younger brothers, and a beloved dog, Nana. Peter Pan is not in this book at all. Instead, Wallace focuses on the troubled lives of an upper-class family in London in the early part of the 20th century. Wendy is not yet a teenager, but she is trying to make sense out of the grown-ups around her. For instance, she realizes that her father is having an affair with a neighbor. Wendy and her brothers are terrorized by a sadistic governess. Wendy's father is obsessed with his new motorcar, and his reckless behavior takes the family to the brink of financial ruin.

Meanwhile, at the country home of Wendy's kindly uncle and aunt, there is an older boy whose relationship to the family is not spelled out. Wendy...

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