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Our cover illustration this month is by Alan Lee from The Lord of the Rings by J R R Tolkien. The first-ever colour illustrated edition is now available from HarperCollins (0 261 102230 3) at £30.00. We thank them for their help in reproducing the cover of the book.
Kerry, a promising young gymnast badly injured in a car crash, becomes the target of bullies at her new school. At first friendless, she gives way to threats from Billy and Wayne, the school thugs. She finds a means of retaliation which, through the eyes of her new-found friend, is as much a facet of bullying as the behaviour she has endured. This convincing narrative provides no easy answers to Kerry's problem, but offers insights, new perspectives and reassurance to all who've suffered in similar situations. Offer this to lower secondary readers to accompany, perhaps, Aidan Chambers' The Present Takers.