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This issue’s cover is from J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in what is already a classic new series. The first two titles were Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help. Cover image based on original artwork by Cliff Wright
Martin with his brown eyes, thick shoulder length brown hair, slim build and mischievous personality is popular with his school mates and the leader of his gang of three. His world is turned upside down when against his better judgement he accepts a lift with some dubious characters and ends up in a serious road accident. His face is badly burnt and, in spite of plastic surgery, he loses his goods looks and in the process his popularity. He is forced to reconstruct his life and in the process to review his own and society’s values as far as what constitutes the essential worth of a human being. This is a thoughtful, well written book set against the backdrop of a teeming, vigorous, multicultural London. It is full of insights and offers sound guidance to the young reader – not through sermonising but in the best manner, through the words and actions of the characters themselves.