The Crow Haunting
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This issue’s cover is from a stunning new picture book, Mary’s Secret by David McKee (Andersen Press, 0 86264 909 9, £9.99). An ecological fable about doing without cars, McKee’s story with its bright pictures full of well observed detail is set within Mary’s cheerful family and at her school. His bold, painterly illustrations use the page so confidently and dextrously that their quirky, decorative perspectives seem entirely natural. Thanks to Andersen Press for their help in producing this September cover.
Tragic deaths in a distant past exerting a powerful influence on the present lie at the heart of this exciting ghost/adventure story. Medi and her highly sensitive brother Davey are brought close together through the adversity of their lives. Naturally the boy's fears, plus his diabetes, are a real worry to his older sister. When he suddenly disappears she is frantic and must follow him, even if it means a dangerous journey back through time - back to a tribal, religious dispute 4,000 years ago. This is quick to read and quite compulsive. Good for readers who require plenty of action and incident.