The Machine Gunners | Critical Essay by Betty Baum

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Critical Essay by Betty Baum

The horrid, sordid aspects of the war are depicted [in The Machine Gunners] without sentimentality or sensationalism. Both children and adults are believable and the plot holds our interest. Unfortunately, the book loses some of its power and appeal because neither the adults nor the children stir our sympathy and affections. Only the German prisoner awakens any love or loyalty. A good book that might have been great.

Betty Baum, "'The Machine Gunners'," in Children's Book Review Service (copyright © 1977 Children's Book Review Service Inc.), Vol. 5, No. 5, January, 1977, p. 50.

[The Wind Eye] is a book of extraordinary power. The blending of present and past is controlled with complete mastery. The modern children and their parents, and the conflicts within the family group, are drawn most convincingly. Perhaps the best of a very good book is the way in which...

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