The Face at the Window
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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.
Leslie, recuperating with her aunt, may well be lonely, highly strung and only imagining the face she sees at the attic window. But what starts out as a possible fantasy becomes a hard-edged realistic story of a boy avoiding deportation and the struggles of the children next door to help him. They've hidden him away, sure at first that their mother, who's always looking for good causes, will support them. When she can't or won't, Leslie tries to take over. There's a complex balancing of moral issues here within an exciting story that has a suddenly dramatic climax.