Magazine article School Librarian

8-12 New Editions

Magazine article School Librarian

8-12 New Editions

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Like a number of long established authors of a broad range of much admired books, Bernard Ashley has found that some books which are standard as a focus for his school visits have slipped to out-of-print unavailability. So Ashley Chappel Productions are bringing some of his own books out in new editions and one of these is Your Guess is as Good as Mine (83). In the primary school where I was headteacher I had this extremely useful book in a parents' library as well as copies shelved for youngsters own reading. The theme is stranger-danger and the treatment is in effect a long short-story. The text now appears slightly updated and the story retains the elements of being direct, dramatic, relevant, totally plausible and highly effective: 4.99 [pounds sterling], 978 0 9570 3571 3. Another from the same source and for ages 6ish upwards is Justin and the Demon Drop Kick (97) with a head's moment of footie fun leading to entertaining repercussions: 4.99 [pounds sterling], 978 0 9570 3570 6.

Dragonskin Slippers (07) and Dragon Flight (08) are the first two in a trilogy from Jessica Day George. These follow the fortunes, and otherwise, of a girl, Creek, who should have been a dragon snack but instead becomes their help and mascot countering evil in both princess and dragon forms. These are good adventure fantasy books offering involving reading to fans of the genre: Bloomsbury, 6.99 [pounds sterling] each, 978 1 4088 1742 1, 978 1 4088 1741 4. Another couple of books recently joined by a third to complete a trilogy are pony stories which were originally titled to reflect an Exmoor connection. Katy's Wild Foal (02) and Katy's Champion Pony (03) by Victoria Eveleigh are a clever combination of pony-book stock-in-trade with very modern references to captivate readers of a horsey disposition: Orion, 4.99 [pounds sterling] each, 978 1 4440 0541 7, 978 1 4440 0542 4. …

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