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Feb 04, 2009 CLM rated it 4 of 5 stars
Mandy and her brother Peter are determined to protect their younger siblings from an abusive existence with a cruel uncle, so plan an early morning escape to New York City. There all four children find refuge in Mrs. Plippen's boarding house for theatrical folks, Peter finds a job - and all four children find friends who will help them make a new life in an exciting location.
Madye Lee Chastain was a children's book author and illustrator who wrote 17 children's books from 1945-1964, most of them for Harcourt, and she illustrated children's books written by other authors as well as her own. She studied at Oglethorpe University, but dropped out of the University to attend the Art School of High Museum in Atlanta. She later studied at Grand Central Art School in New York...moreMore about Madye Lee Chastain...