Children's Books : On the wings of time

Fiona Lafferty

The Supernaturalist
By Eoin Colfer
Puffin pound;12.99 hbk

Jumpman: rule 1
By James Valentine
Corgi pound;4.99

A Coyote's in the House
By Elmore Leonard
Puffin pound;9.99 hbk

The Gladiators of Capua
By Caroline Lawrence
Orion pound;7.99 hbk

Jason and the Gorgon's Blood
By Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris
Collins Children's Books pound;5.99

Biggles and Co; Biggles Flies West; Biggles in France; Biggles in Spain; Biggles and the Black Peril, Biggles Goes to War; Biggles and the Rescue Flight; Biggles and the Cruise of the Condor
By Captain W E Johns
Red Fox pound;4.99 each

Fans of Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl novels will not be disappointed by The Supernaturalist , a superbly cinematic book that will grip good readers of 11 and over.

Jumpman , by Australian James Valentine, is also set in the future, in 15 billion and 73, to be precise (counting from the Big Bang), where time travel or "time jumping" is commonplace.

Cult author Elmore Leonard unleashes another fresh voice in his first children's book, A Coyote's in the House.

The Gladiators of Capua is the eighth title in the "Roman Mysteries" series, and anyone between the ages of nine and 12 who hasn't come across them could spend a happy summer immersed in Roman history.

Jane Yolen and Robert J Harris do for the Ancient Greeks what Caroline Lawrence does for the Romans in the Before They Were Heroes series, which started with Odysseus in the Serpent Maze. In this second book, a young Jason is presented with the challenge of finding the jars of Gorgon's blood stolen from Chiron's cave.

Finally we have the recent, stylishly jacketed reissues of the classic action-packed Biggles books.nbsp;nbsp;

Read these reviews in full in this week's TES. Fridaynbsp;reviews will continue to appear in the paper through the summer, but the magazine will return in all its glory on September 3 2004 nbsp;nbsp;

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