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A winner of the Carnegie Medal and Whitbread Award with Flour Babies and the Smarties award with Bill's New Frock, Anne Fine's pedigree as an author of quality fiction for a wide range of young children is in no doubt. This offering, first published in 1990, is a top class read. Designed for young developing readers, this tale will have many of its audience empathising with the central character, Anna, who dreads having to do her five minute talk in front of her classmates. Unable to think of a topic on which to base her talk, Anna is reassured by her mother and brother that she will be fine. Her witty blindfold routine with her rabbit puppet is the star turn, leaving her classmates cheering for more. The charming miniature, half and full page colour illustrations further enhance this delightful story.