Bonechillers: Teacher Creature
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This month BfK features Jane Ray’s cover for The Twelve Dancing Princesses. We’re particularly delighted to have the opportunity to use this illustration as it enables us to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Orchard Books - they’re 10 this year! And also to thank them for their help in producing our July cover.
Two lads vying to out-dare each other decide to brave a Florida hurricane, eluding evacuation together with a female classmate who becomes embroiled in their plot. While sheltering from the storm in their school, they see a sinister humanoid emerge from a nearby swamp. After they are rescued, nobody believes their tale, but everybody is intrigued by their new teacher, a Mr Batrachian, who seems to be intent on varying his diet of flies by studying a book on how to cook children. This is a highly entertaining fantasy for upper juniors, its depiction of the hurricane and Mr Batrachian's machinations generously providing two dramatic climaxes.