Not for the nervous

21st September 2001 at 01:00
Baldur's Bones by Mary Arrigan (Collins Children's Books pound;3.99) is not for those who have any form of rat phobia - the scenes of vermin infestation are as chilling as anything in Paul Zindel's graphic horror fiction. As in Arrigan's first children's novel, Grimstone's Ghost, the backdrop to this scary adventure story is the sparring between the lead male and female players.

In last year's book, the relationship was between a brother and sister and the plot involved flashbacks to the time of Henry VIII.

In this new book, Arrigan sticks to a winning formula. The main characters are Finn, an orphaned 14-year-old boy, and Tara, the feisty daughter of a landowner on whose estate Finn unearths the skull of a Viking warrior. The characters' ages and the convincingly suspenseful atmosphere target Year 5 and 6 readers.

Two impressively packaged titles in the Australian After Dark series are perfect for mature Year 5 and 6 pupils of a not-too-nervous disposition, who have developed reading fluency but are reluctant to engage with full-length novels. The Puppet by Ian Bone (Watts After Dark 23, pound;3.99) and The Old Cattery by Nette Hilton (Watts After Dark 22, pound;3.99), both shorter than 50 pages and illustrated by the remarkable Shaun Tan, are much more frightening than anything by R L Stine. They could also be considered as titles for groups examining genre fiction.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now