The Bewitching of Alison Allbright

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This is the tale of a girl who is intensely jealous of all the good times her classmates have but who cannot share them because her parents are not very well off. After a series of bizarre events, she experiences life with a rich mother but returns to her old life knowing that money was not the answer to all her problems. "The Bewitching of Alison Allbright" has been the subject of a mini- dramatization by The Book Tower. Alan Davidson wrote his first four books under the pen-name A.D. Langholm. He has also written a series of "Annabel" books.

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Alan Davidson, food historian, distinguished author, and publisher, is one of the world's best-known writers on fish and fish cookery. Among his popular books are North Atlantic Seafood and Mediterranean Seafood.

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Grade 5-9-- This absorbing British import is not a story of the supernatural as the title and cover art imply, but rather a mystery with a serious message. Alison Allbright, dull, drab, unhappy, and unpopular, is the daughter of poor, working-class parents. In her daydreams she is beautiful, rich, and blessed with perfect parents. Through a series of odd coincidences, her life changes. Wealthy Mrs. Considine takes Alison under her wing and introduces her to the good life: servants, lovely clothes, opulent surroundings. Strangely, Alison could be a double for Mrs. Considine's absent daughter, Camilla. On a trip to Italy, Alison complies with her patron's wishes and pretends to be Ca, and she slowly begins to realize that the woman actually expects her to become Ca, and to give up her real identity and family. Too late, she realizes the price of her much-desired new life; she is isolated completely from the outside world and her much-wished-for new home has become a prison. Suspense builds as Alison attempts to escape from Mrs. Considine's grip, but the resolution is a bit too pat. In a middle-of-the-night chase across a treacherous lake, Mrs. Considine drowns and Alison is rescued by one of the few friends she ever had. Alison is the only fully realized character. It is easy to understand why no one likes this self-centered, self-pitying young woman, but equally easy to see why she acts as she does. Mr. and Mrs. Allbright remain shadowy, undeveloped figures, while Mrs. Considine never emerges from her role as the stereotypical wealthy matron. Readers will not be fully prepared for the revelation that her desire to mold and control her "daughter" has become madness. Overall, though, this suspenseful story should leave readers thinking about what is most to be valued in their own lives. --Bruce Ann Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro,
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