2nd out of 6 books — 2 voters
Candy Kane (Candy Kane #1)
Overlooked by her social climbing mother and older sister, teenage Candy Kane has a warm and affectionate personality and a beautiful singing voice that enables her to contribute to the war effort. There is also Barton, the boy next door, to keep her entertained, although he is interested in more glamorous girls than Candy.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published September 28th 2001 by Image Cascade Publishing
(first published 1943)
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If you like sappy, sweet, old fashioned WWII fiction, Janet Lambert is a great author to read. Candy Kane's father is a reservist who is called to duty during WWII, and she moves with him to the Army base before her mother and sister. Candy is very different from her very superficial mother and sister, and finally gets to explore life without them hovering over making her do things she doesn't want to do, and looking down on her because she does things they don't want her to do. The entire serie...more
Good Janet Lambert (I had never heard of her books until I was an adult). I enjoy her focus on the war (WWII), since that had to be central to most people's lives during the period, but is seldom discussed in great detail in kidlit. I got the whole Candy Kane series, so I plan to read the next one now.
Janet Lambert, born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, was a popular girls' story author from 1941 through 1969 (and beyond to today). She wrote 54 books during that time about a number of different girls and their families. Her most popular series were about the Parrishes and the Jordons. These stories, and many of her other series, became entwined as the various characters met each other, married, and...moreMore about Janet Lambert...