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The illustration on the front of BfK this month is the cover of Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass with illustrations by Sir John Tenniel. The book is published by Macmillan (0 333 29037 2) at £9.99, and we're grateful for their help in using this picture of Alice and the White Knight.
Gene Kemp is adept at reader security. She creates a familiar environment in which characters have been encountered before and everything is in its appropriate place. Familiarity can breed contempt, but Kemp's writing, by virtue of its engaging use of language, always leads the reader gently on a step or two, developing awareness and response along the way. Ferret is a Gowie Corby revisited - superficially hostile, but with a worthy heart. Cricklepit Combined is again the setting and, as expected, the villains are defeated by the anti-hero Ferret. Kemp entertains, educates and excels at the art of storytelling. Another one to add to the shelves in Years 7 and 8.