Books: Through the Hedge

RED SKY AT MORNING by Richard Bradford. 256 pages. Lippincott. $4.95.

A sweet and tenderly humorous song of youth is always appealing; and when it is sung mostly in rhythm and with nearly perfect nostalgic pitch, it becomes something of a rarity.

Josh Arnold is 17, going on adulthood, and grown up everywhere but in the head. When his father volunteers for the Navy in World War II, Josh and his decaying Southern-belle mama go off to wait at the family summer place in Corazón Sagrado, a tiny town in the mountains of New Mexico. Unfortunately, Mama can't adjust to Sagrado; the people...

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