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8-12 New Editions

Magazine article School Librarian

8-12 New Editions

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The Underneath (09) by Kathi Appelt is quite delightfully different: it is an animal story centred around a cat and kittens and an abused dog. The story is surprising, gripping, riveting and, even for a reader not usually enamoured with this genre, it is lovely too. Simon & Schuster, 5.99, 978 1 84738 311 2 [pounds sterling].

'Greek Beasts and Heroes' is the overall title for a series of books by Lucy Coats retelling all those myths and legends, each paperback book has 78 pages, sewn binding and is in full colour. An example is The Silver Chariot (02) with ten episodes, so each is a short story, all told as if by Atticus the Storyteller as in the original large hardback. Orion, 4.99, 978 1 4440 0069 6 [pounds sterling].

In the sixth of Joseph Delaney's series The Spook's Sacrifice (09) Lancashire folklore is again the inspiration for a frightener of a tale. A dangerous old god has emerged and the increasing power must be curbed, once again the apprentice, Tom, has to rely on his own strengths and overcome fears and doubts to win through. Red Fox, 5.99, 978 1 862 30352 2 [pounds sterling]. A murder mystery and intrigue which takes three children from their home Hilltop Farm to Paris makes a story with family loyalties and relationships at the core in The Secret (08) by Ellis J. Delmonte. Hawkwood Books, 6.99, 978 0 9555096 2 9 [pounds sterling].

Follyfoot(71) is the Monica Dickens favourite, a classic of horsiness, reissued thankfully without any text tinkering and with an eye-catching photo cover. The story is set in a home for discarded horses with three young stablehands and a couple of villains to disturb the equilibrium of the everyday equine details. Andersen, 4.99, 978 1 84939 130 6 [pounds sterling].

The Werewolf and the Ibis (07) is a story about Stanley Buggles from Chris Mould's 'Something Wickedly Weird' series. A seaside summer holiday seems ordinary but not in a place with three-legged dogs and with werewolves and pirates looming on the horizon, copious drawings by the author adorn the pages. Hodder, 4.99, 978 0 340 93102 8 [pounds sterling].

Another series--Charlie Bone and the Red Knight(09) is the eighth and final of these fantasies by Jenny Nimmo. These books have built up a large readership by their consistently high standards of plotting with adventure and thrills. Egmont, 5.99, 978 1 4052 4960 7 [pounds sterling]. A couple of Ian Ogilvy's 'Measle Stubbs' books are re-titled for new editions. So 'Measle and the Wraithmonk' (04) is now The Train Set of Terror and 'Measle and the Dragodon' (also 04) has become The Funfair of Fear/They remain thoroughly enjoyable romps, crazily delightful and with particular reader-friendly boyappeal. …

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