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The Friends

The Friends
 

Edith always got to school late, with her clothes unpressed and her holey stockings bagging round her legs. She acted friendly, but Phyllisia didn't want her for a friend - though, in this hostile city of New York, she badly needed one. Then came the dreadful day when Phyllisia g... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780140371772
Published 29 September 1994 by Penguin
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Guy, Rosa
Series Puffin Books
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ISBN-13 9780140371772
ISBN-10 014037177X
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin Books
Publication Date 29 September 1994
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Guy, Rosa
Series Puffin Books
Category School Stories
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 180mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 121g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
Library of Congress Children's stories
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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Edith always got to school late, with her clothes unpressed and her holey stockings bagging round her legs. She acted friendly, but Phyllisia didn't want her for a friend - though, in this hostile city of New York, she badly needed one. Then came the dreadful day when Phyllisia got into a fight.

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US Review There's no one moment of illumination for Phyllisia Cathy; she lives for a long, difficult time with the knowledge of her faults - especially that mixture of pride and snobbism that's so uncomfortably similar to her West Indian father Calvin's disdain for the ragamuffins who frequent his Harlem restaurant. She also lives with what she will never really understand - the love her Mother and later her sister Ruby feel for this signifying, egotistical man. The worst of it all is Phyl's vacillating love for her best friend Edith, a motherless ragamuffin for sure who defends her against taunts of monkey-chaser and physical attacks at school, and whom Phyl is at first ashamed to bring home and then outraged when her mother and sister Ruby turn out to be more accepting than she herself is. Phyl rejects Edith for the more acceptable Marian, even though she considers her shallow and self-centered. But with Mother's long-expected death, the contradictions begin to come to a head, and Phyl finds that though she's willing to do anything in her power to rebel against Calvin's tyranny her resistance will only hurt the few people she deeply cares for, especially Ruby who wants to slay with her father, and Edith, who has finally lost her fight to keep her brothers and sisters out of the orphanage. Phyllisia's starchy self-awareness makes her consistently worth knowing even when she's least lovable, and the highly individual styles and non-didactic complexity of her friends and family make Phyl's struggle to understand them pay off handsomely. (Kirkus Reviews)

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