Case of the clam racket
Stranger danger Bernard Ashley's comelling short story, Your Guess is as Good as Mine, was first published in 1983 as an illustrated chapter book and has been reissued by Barn Owl (pound;3.99).
On his way home in a downpour, Nicky is enticed into a yellow Mini that looks like his father's car. When the driver speeds past his road and heads for the desolate marshes, Nicky fears the worst. The atmosphere of panic and impending doom is skilfully deployed up to Nicky's escape into the arms of a friendly policeman.
Michael Thorn is deputy head of Hawkes Farm primary school, Hailsham, East Sussex