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‘The Rending’ (Book 2 of ‘The Dreamwalkers of Larreta’) by Carol Holland March

I hope you have read ‘The Tyro’ (Book I in this series). I said in my review of it ( “This is a superbly imaginative and very well-crafted book.” I am very happy to be able to report that that is also true of Book 2. Do read the series from the beginning, and study the glossary. The story will flow better for you if you do. “We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep (The Tempest, IV i)”. Two ‘dreamwalkers’ of Larreta are particularly talented: Leo in his ability...

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This promises to be a great series. What child has not dreamed of dinosaurs, and what it would have been like to be alive alongside them? Charles Eades provides children with an imaginative foray into this possibility by time-travelling a group of them (together with a cluster of school buildings that had also – appropriately - become extinct) back into the Jurassic Era. With a tongue-in-cheek nod to Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’ series – and doubtless with the hope of achieving similar commercial success - the group comprises two girls, two boys and a dog. These children, however, are not from...

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“MONA LISA’S GHOST” by Nancy Kunhardt Lodge

This is a brilliant book, beautifully written. It's right up there with Alice in Wonderland. Witty, perceptive and spectacularly imaginative, it is the story of how Lucy Nightingale gave Lisa Gherardini her smile back. In it, the real and the unreal, the impossible and the possible, all take place at the same time. If that doesn’t unclog your perception lattices, nothing will. Anyone who has read my review of Ms Lodge’s first book about Lucy and Wilbur – The Crystal Navigator – will know that I am a fan of her work for a bunch of very good reasons. Mona...

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