The Callender Papers
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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.
Jean Wainwright travels from her aunt's school, where she's been raised as an orphan, to the house of Mr Thiel - a stubborn and uncompromising man - in order to catalogue papers belonging to his dead wife's family. Thiel's brother-in-law prvides the empty and dangerous charm which almost leads Jean to her death, but instead reveals that Thiel is her father. A fine book with strong characterisation - the interplay between Jean and Thiel is particularly compelling along with the precision of plot Voigt always provides. Ensure that it's offered to 14-16 year olds.