Joan Dell
Putnam, New York, 1958, English
Fiction, Children’s

“Ten-year-old Deborah, a cockney orphan, learns through a fantastic projection into a multi-dimensional world, and through her friendship with a little blind boy, more about the nature of proper behavior and love than most men could in a whole life of philosophical speculation.” (1958 Kirkus review)

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Margie Ruddick

It seems as if I read this book a thousand times as a child. A Cockney girl finds an alternate reality after jumping into a reflecting pool in Berkeley Square, travels through an underwater purgatory of lost children, meets fairies, bests evil spirits in the underworld, and ultimately sacrifices it all to help a blind boy. Sob.

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