From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-Molly knew making friends in a new neighborhood wouldn't be easy. Her suspicions are confirmed when her first encounter is with Violet, the neighborhood bully. But then she meets Albertina. Together, with Grandfather's help, the two girls build a tree house. Although Molly knows Albertina and Violet are friends, she continues to rebuff the bully. However, her trust in her new friend is violated when she discovers that Albertina has told Violet about her fear of the dark. Eventually the three-way friendship has a chance when the girls learn that Violet shares the same fear and has admired Molly all along for her competence with tools and the designing and building of the wonderful tree house. Readers will appreciate this determined young girl and the matter-of-fact Albertina, who seems destined for her own story in a sequel. Several black-and-blue watercolors per chapter lighten the pages. The emotional relationships as well as the events ring true in this fine tale for newly competent chapter-book fans.Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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Gr. 2^-4. Molly worries about making new friends when she and her family move across town, especially after she encounters Violet, who introduces herself with a threatening karate kick. Then she meets Albertina, a girl who seems absolutely perfect. Soon Molly is revealing her innermost secrets, such as her fear of the dark. The two are inseparable all summer long, but when school starts, Molly feels betrayed when she overhears Albertina telling Violet about Molly's night light. Matters are soon resolved, leaving open the possibility that Violet may become a friend, too. Fowler has a good ear for dialogue and a keen sense of the insecurities surrounding new friendships. Illustrated with pen-and-ink drawings with halftone overlays, this easy chapter book should be popular with emerging readers. See also P. J. Petersen's My Worst Friend
, reviewed below, for a very different view of friendship. Kay Weisman