Be Brave, Billy
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The illustration on our cover is from the newly-published Robert Cormier novel Beyond the Chocolate War, (Gollancz, 0 575 03711 3, £7.95). The illustration is by Caroline Binch and shows in the centre Archie Costello, Assigner of the Vigils, holding the white ball which readers of The Chocolate War will remember as all important in deciding who undertakes the assignments that are required from certain unfortunate individuals. In this sequel new characters join him and the old return to play out Archie's last term at Trinity High. We are grateful to Gollancz for help in using this illustration.
The feelings and emotions of a sister and brother are explored through a series of questions about everyday activities, the answers to which are in the superbly observed illustrations. From this very sensitive book we discover that we all, children and adults alike, have our own particular anxieties and fears. This is Jan Ormerod drawing at her best. A book to share with the very young and for slightly older readers to share with a friend perhaps.