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The illustration on our cover is taken from The Ankle Grabber, written by Rose Impey and illustrated by Moira Kemp (1870817 07 9, £5.50). The book is published by Ragged Bears and is one of the Creepies series (for full details see page 4). We are grateful to Ragged Bears and Rose Impey for help in using this illustration.
Set in the United States one hundred years ago, this is about the twelve-year-old daughter of missionary parents who's sent to live with cousins on a farm. Snobbish, prissy Julia considers her cousins 'beastly and dreadful', and her gloom intensifies when she breaks her leg and is confined to bed. Later, she recovers enough to attend the village school, where a series of events draws her into closer relationships with the cousins. The pace gets out of hand towards the end, with rather far-fetched incidents hurtling towards an unconvincing close, but the book will probably be enjoyed by 1st and 2nd year girls.