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Holly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism by Georgia JByng (Macmillan Children's Books pound;12.99) is set in an orphanage - no doubt to exaggerate the vulnerability of the children and the menace of the staff.

After years of humiliation at Hardwick House, Molly discovers she has a talent for hypnotism. She hypnotises the judges of a talent contest and wins pound;3,000, which precipitates her on a whirlwind adventure to New York, hotly pursued by Dr Nockman, who wants to use her book of hypnotism to rob a bank.

Georgia Byng has a fertile imagination and the plot has flashes of Dahl-like inspiration. However, I fear that all but the most committed readers in Year 6 will find this book a little convoluted, and the saccharine ending ultimately unsatisfying.

Fiona Lafferty is librarian at St Swithun's junior school, Winchester

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