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Ever since she was a child Sydney Kendall
has believed ideas are important!
Here she is discussing the life and work
of one of her heroes, Thomas Jefferson,
at a meeting in Australia.
Sydney loves being colorful, dressing up, and enjoying life! Here she
is heading out to enjoy the sunshine with someone special
on Valentine's Day!
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From individuals young and old
(from 12 to 82) from every corner of the world (from Miami to Bombay to
love Sydney Kendall's book and have recommended it to several people.
My 72 year old friend read it and bought it for her grandson.
- I have
obtained ... the book written by you and have read it as long
back as October, and I must say, that I got JUST what I was searching
and longing for, all these years Very well written and I simply could
not put it down - just like a thriller.
characters and events have given my daughter a frame of reference for
understanding issues that would otherwise be too abstract, so thank you
again. [My daughter] walked in a bit ago with your book to show me
she's almost finished it once more [!] ... She loves Astrid, and we
have had many laughs over Jade and her Jailbirds.
- The plot of
the book is very interesting and I have really enjoyed following the
feeling of those young boys and girls. Truly, from time to time, I had
even night dreams about this book. The girl, Astrid, so unordinary
little lady, that I fall in love with her - her doings and thoughts.
... I've also learned useful words from it, which will make my English
- I just want to
let you know how much I appreciated your book. I just gave it to my
nephew for his birthday. I hope many, many people read it and refer it
and give it as gifts. I asked our Library to buy it.
- My daughter
... gave me your book A Turn for DeWurst to read.
I'm greatful to her for giving me a chance to get acquainted with your
book. The problems and life of teenagers, the relations between
"fathers and children", problems of school education have always been
in the centre of the society for centuries. Your description of all
these problems is done in a very talented and at the same time in
- I found your
book's resemblance to The Fountainhead to be one of its best qualities. Rand
fashioned her characters as types, and many of your characters function
on the same motivating principles but in a story that children can
- Remarkable is
the vocabulary of the book. It can be read by any school pupil and
- I do talk to
my daughter about proper values but feel I'm always talking over her
head in abstractions. This book was the perfect way to approach many
issues on a level she could relate to based on her own experiences. I
think Astrid is the perfect role model for children in her
nonconformity and drive for intellectual excellence, and children
desperately need such fictional heroes ...
- The characters
are very vivid as if they (say Astrid, for example) live side by side
with you. And their reflections become very close for you. In short, I
enjoyed your book greatly.
- Thank you very
much for your work.
- The CEO [of
our school] is finally looking at your book. I am sure that we will use
- I am 15 but
when I read your book I was 14. I liked the book very much, my mom
suggested the book to me ... I liked the ideas that were shown in the
book and found out that it really [is not] for small kids because the
adult ideas [in it are such that] small kids would not understand.
- Finally, I
want to plug Sydney Kendall's lovely A Turn for DeWurst.
If any of you on this list haven't read it yet, please do so. You won't
- When the book
first came out I bought an extra copy for my children, ages 12 and 14
conflict is between a gifted child and a brilliantly twisted monster -
a conflict that grows beyond the main heroine and villain to become a
conflict between ALL the children of DeWurst and the principles that
this monster embodies.
- I just read A
Turn For DeWurst. It's awesome!
- Kendall uses
adult and children's characters in comparison and contrast on multiple
levels to get at the heart of their moral choices. Heroes are honest
minds who want to do the right thing, and villains are motivated by
their desire to control others by faking, defrauding, bullying and
"A Turn for DeWurst"!