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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
Megan is 16 years old and pregnant after one sexual encounter. Her mother is viciously antagonistic, her best friend Claire anxious to gain kudos by being the first to break the news and Luke, the baby’s father, is little more than an embarrassing memory.
Hooper makes no attempt to draw a veil over Megan’s problems and the downward spiral of the narrative is soberly convincing. However, she resists the easy options of extremes: there are neither desperate remedies nor reassuring solutions.
Therefore, Megan’s final decision to keep the baby is a convincing one – as well as providing a neat lead to an obvious sequel.