The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp Summary
Richard Peck

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The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp Summary

The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, the third of Peck's four comic supernatural novels set in the small town of Bluff City in the second decade of the twentieth century, is an often boisterous adventure fantasy that satirically examines the unfortunately enduring human tendencies toward narrowmindedness and hypocrisy. The novel owes much of its appeal to the lively and eccentric narrative voice of Blossom Culp. Looked down on as a social outcast, she is a girl who, as she phrases it, lives by rules of her own. Gifted with penetrating insights about human behavior, she candidly exposes hypocrisy and bigotry. Gifted with second sight, she frequently makes contact with the supernatural.

In The Dreadful Future of Blossom Culp, Blossom describes the events of the autumn of 1914 when she enters her freshman year of high school where she must deal with the snobbery of the town's most popular girl...

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