The Empty Sleeve
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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.
In this engrossing story, the twin apprentices Peter and Paul gradually come to terms with their dreams and each other. Working for a locksmith, the surly Peter quickly uses his access to keys to accumulate the wealth which will allow him to escape to sea. He's thwarted, as an ancient ship's carpenter prophesied, by supernatural forces released at his birth on the stroke of midnight. Peter is implicated in the murder of the wife of the corrupt Lord Mariner, and the story reaches an exciting climax among the wintry streets of old London. The gripping pace and characterisation will appeal to readers of 11+, although the semi-ironic voice of the narrator will also be enjoyed by many adults.