Easter Roundup 2 - The Scotsman

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The Scotsman - Critique - What's the story?

This online version of The Scotsman's Easter roundup of children's books reviews makes it appear that Kathryn Ross is the sole reviewer, whereas the teenage fiction section is by me.

I'm not as worried by the lack of mention of my name as by the garbled final paragraph of the review which makes it appear that Sharon Dogar's excellent first novel Waves includes an apparently fatal road accident. It is indeed Dogar's book that I thought would make "great TV drama" but it is Elise Broach's American novel Desert Crossing that concerns the teenagers caught in a rainstorm while on a long night drive. I haven't yet been able to check whether or not the paper edition prints the paragraph as below, or as I submitted it. [The sentecnes underlined refer to the highly-recommedned Desert Crossing.]

Waves by Sharon Dogar (Chicken House, �9.99) is one of those "what happened last summer" tales. Hal, 15, returns to Cornwall with his family while his sister, Charley, remains in a coma after an accident that happened on the previous year's trip. Dogar reveals last year's events in an expertly teasing manner. Philip Pullman accurately describes the book as "sensuous and sinister". Three teenagers on a long drive are caught in a rainstorm and hit something. They stop, and find a dead girl at the side of the road. The consequences, after they call at a nearby house, make engrossing reading. The story would also make for a great TV drama.


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