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Finn, Felicity
Toronto, Second Story Press, 1992. 199pp,
paper, $6.95, ISBN 0-929005-40-6. CIP

Grades 4-6 / Ages 9-11

Reviewed by Edith Parsons

Volume 21 Number 2
1993 March

When Jeremy and his mother make three life-size puppets, they intend them only for props at a party. They dress them in secondhand clothes, call them the "aunties," and give them the names of Gladys, Dotty and Mabel.

Jeremy is astonished when the aunties start talking to him. No one else can hear them and Jeremy's best friend, Rick, makes fun of the idea of talking dolls. As the summer goes on, Jeremy becomes more and more involved with the aunties, spending his time in the house watching television with them and even taking them out on his bicycle.

Jeremy discovers a connection between the three aunties and a mysterious fire that took place fifty years earlier.

Eventually, Jeremy and the aunties become involved in tracking down a trio of bank robbers. Everything ends happily as (Jeremy shows his courage in encounters with the robbers, he and Rick become reconciled, and the three aunties seem destined for a theatrical career.

Light, undemanding reading that many children will enjoy.

Adele M. Fasick is a professor in the Faculty of Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario
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