Terrible, Horrible Edie
E. C. Spykman (Author)
DescriptionEVEN IF she has lived ten terrible years, terrible, horrible Edie really isn't terrible and horrible at all, but rather one of the most charming and engaging and gutsy children in American children's fiction. It's true of course that Edie does get into--and not always without it being at least a little bit her fault--some pretty terrible and horrible scrapes, and that sometimes she will sulk, but these are the kinds of things that happen to the kid sister of two snooty boys and one fancy-pants girl, not to mention having to deal with the distraction of two half sisters who are no better than babies. Edie's father and stepmother have headed to Europe for the summer, and though the rest of the family can look forward to good times at a beloved summer house on the sea, Edie still has to fight to hold her own. Adventures on a sailboat and on an island, and the advent of a major hurricane and what Edie takes to be a military coup, all come to a climax when Edie solves the mystery of who stole the neighbor's jewels and saves, at least for one day, the day. This story of Edie and the other members of the Cares family may remind readers of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons, except that Edie has an experimental, even anarchic streak that is all her terrible, horrible own.
New York Review of Books
May 18, 2010
6.6 X 0.72 X 8.78 inches | 0.83 pounds
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About the Author
Elizabeth Choate Spykman (1896-1965) was born and raised in Southborough, Massachusetts, and was the fourth child in a family of four boys and two girls. Following her graduation from the Westover School in 1914, she traveled widely and adventurously, spending a year in Germany and another in England. In the 1920s, she wrote for The Atlantic Monthly, describing a journey to the South Seas by tramp steamer and life in small-town New England, among other subjects, but it was not until 1955 that she published a book, A Lemon and a Star, the first of four novels about the Cares family, which include The Wild Angel (1957), Terrible, Horrible Edie (1960), and Edie on the Warpath (1966). Elizabeth Choate Spykman was married to the co-founder of Yale's Department of International Relations, Nicholas J. Spykman, with whom she had two daughters.