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Science fiction: Love it? Hate it? I don't enjoy it very much myself; but I'm recommending Shine. Jill Paton Walsh has overcome my antipathy and also convinced me that the story has intrinsic worth. Her success with me suggests that this might be a book for children who might in the normal course of events avoid science fiction. The story line is strong. Pattie, with selected earthlings, is forced to set up a new life on a relatively inhospitable planet. Her trials and tribulations, especially where food is concerned, are plausible and convincing. The invasion of the moth people is beautifully explained, and their deaths sensitively handled. Totally reinforcing this are the excellent black and white drawings, and eye-catching, accurate cover by Sue Smith. A quality story for the library or bookshop, and thoroughly recommended for middle juniors upwards.