Tell me I'm Ok, really
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The anarchic hero of many daring adventures, William, as depicted on our cover by Thomas Henry in one of his effective, humorous pen and ink illustrations, is now a period piece. A William de nos jours illustrated by Tony Ross and aimed at a younger audience stands alongside him. This new William will be featured in adaptations of the stories by Martin Jarvis. Richmal Crompton, author of the William books, is the subject of this issue's Authorgraph. Thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for their help with this November cover.
Rushton is back on familiar territory as she tackles teenage problems with her usual blend of humour and compassion. Georgie's Mum has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital and her Dad is relying on Georgie to support him, deal with her mother's illness and continue to do well at school. Just as Georgie is convinced that she is destined for the same hospital as her mother, she meets Flavia Mott, an eccentric, vibrant older woman, who helps her to see a way through the difficulties in her life. Rushton's replication of teenage dialogue is as sure as ever and she continues to explore unflinchingly and believably the issue which are at the heart of teenage malaise.