School Secretary on the Warpath
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The illustration on our cover this month is by GeorgeUnderwood. It is from Geoffrey Trease's latest book, Fire in the Wind, published by Pan Macmillan, to whom we are grateful for help in using this illustration. Details of the book are given in our Authorgraph.
The story gives a whole new meaning to the concept of 'Starting with the child's experience'. We discover a fresh and startling side to the school secretary, a side we've always suspected but seen only briefly, usually just before the Christmas concert. We know the office staff keep us all together, but their reserves of strength, courage and resourcefulness are tested to the full by Hairy Harry and his band of nasties. Yes, there is a happy ending but we expected that from anyone who can cope with ten different dilemmas simultaneously and provide tea and biscuits for the Chair of Governors.