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I am left contemplating after reading this whether we can be seen to encourage youngsters to read novels where very authentic-sounding witchcraft practices are allowed such a high profile and call it children's literature. I'm not talking about dotty old dears in black casting spells that backfire, but very ordinary seeming folks who club pups to death on isolated altars, scream viperish chants of devil invocation and are intent on sacrificing a young girl, all described in vivid detail. Do we include Dennis Wheatley in class libraries? Isn't this the witchcraft equivalent of soft porn? The basic plot is gripping. Undoubtedly good in the form of 14 and 12-year-old Mike and Lisa triumphs fairly convincingly at the end over wicked stepmother and her coven. But I'd advise checking it out before approving it for school use.