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Book of the week
There are so few good historical novels written about Ancient Egypt that this is a very welcome book indeed. Jamie Buxton has managed, within an adventure story, to give a real feel of life in Ancient Egypt, in particular how the gods ruled every aspect of life.
E L Konigsburg
(Pushkin Children's Books)
This book, winner of the Newbery Medal in 1968, reads beautifully and is shot through with humour deriving, in the main, from the relationship between the central characters Claudia and James.
Another in the post-apocalyptic genre, Phoenix Rising seems a bit younger and a lot of more cheerful than a lot of its contemporaries. Where volcano eruptions have poisoned the oceans and the sun has only broken through the dust clouds in recent years, Toby Ford is a pirate ship with his father, who fled the government to keep his inventions to himself.