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On our cover this issue we feature The Secret of NIMH, the film based on Robert C O'Brien's Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (0 14 03.0725 7, £1.10). Puffin have re-issued this book with a new tie-in cover. We are grateful to Puffin for their help in reproducing our cover illustration in full colour.
We always need more short stories especially written for the 10-13s so don't ignore this. Three develop the character from Rosen's previous Knockout so, as a lead-in, you'll need The Bakerloo Flea (0 582 20077 6, 80p) or the hardback Nasty! (0 582 25048 X, £ 2.95) where Flea is included. The new stories deal with plagues of wasps and mice, and with community action over traffic. Also here, two fables which might provoke talk. (My groups, though, have mimicked the narrative voice of the longer stories well when writing but haven't got into discussing the political issues. My teaching, perhaps.) The style is irksome when reading aloud but the book has proved useful.