[PW] ?Fifties novel about a foreign exchange student from South America

John Henderson jrhenderson9 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 20 11:48:51 PDT 2019


That’s it, my friend says.
Thanks.

John Henderson

> On Sep 20, 2019, at 12:21 PM, Katherine Harper <kharper4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> I found the book I was talking about, and discover that I was wrong on
> several points. It's called *Polly French and the Surprising Stranger*
> (Whitman, 1952) and the exchange student is from Peru, not Brazil. John,
> ask your friend if that title rings a bell. Here's a used copy on Amazon:
> https://www.amazon.com/Polly-French-Surprising-Stranger-Francine/dp/B000E1AJM4
> .
> 
> Kathy
> 
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> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 11:33 AM Katherine Harper <kharper4 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> I think I know the book you mean. It was an early volume in a series about
>> a US high-school girl. I recall asking my mother about the term "Good
>> Neighbor Policy" when I read it, so it was probably from the immediate
>> postwar years. The exchange student was from Brazil, very beautiful, and
>> (in this community) exotic-looking. The other teenagers began teaching her
>> slang, and she shocked her host family by commenting "Is stinky, yes?"
>> about something unpleasant. Meanwhile, the jealous heroine was having
>> troubles regarding sales of tickets to some student event. The book was
>> bound in one of those hard covers that didn't need a jacket because it was
>> coated in clear varnish. But the title?—there, I can't be of help. Maybe
>> this description will spur someone else's memory.
>> 
>> Kathy
>> 
>> Katherine Harper, Ph.D.
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>> 
>> On Fri, Sep 20, 2019 at 3:15 AM John Henderson <jrhenderson9 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> A friend has asked me for help in trying to locate a book that would
>>> have been published in the mid-fifties. It was included in her Disney
>>> Book a Month Club collection. It was a story about an exchange student
>>> from South America to the US, and it became her guiding star!! So far,
>>> those are the details from her I have.
>>> 
>>> She was interested in either finding out the name of the book or at
>>> least learning of resources were she could make an enquiry "to find
>>> something that esoteric."
>>> 
>>> I've gone to Google Books and find no novels about exchange students
>>> written in the 1950s. Does it sound familiar to anyone? I haven't kept
>>> up with the online resources for people to ask about forgotten books
>>> and am not sure what the recommended ones are these days.
>>> 
>>> John Henderson
>>> librarian, retired
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