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On the front of BfK this month is the cover of On Christmas Eve by Peter Collington - see his accompanying piece in this issue. The book was published by Heinemann (the paperback version is now available) and the animated film will be shown on TV at Christmas - all details are given at the foot of Peter Collington's delightful double-page spread. We thank Heinemann for their help in using this illustration.
As part of a positive effort to feature a collection of books reflecting our multicultural society, this story represents some of the more sensitive material that's on the market. Mohini's family prepare to enjoy their holiday in the hills, escaping the heat of Delhi. The holiday turns into a nightmare after the unexpected departure of their father and the danger and tension of the events that follow. When a motorbike screeches out of control towards Mohini and her cousin, Jack, everything seems lost. The cultural values of India are integral to a superb story here. This is invaluable for introducing any exploration of comparative societies yet worthy of a place on the bookshelf in its own right.