Teachers who have spent hours labouring with numbing prose from the Department for Education and Skills will be amazed that a new anthology of lively writing bears its imprint. A national competition, Write Here Write Now, gave children in Years 4 and 5 the task of completing a story, a poem, a play script or a piece of argumentative prose, the openings of which were provided by such favourites as Jacqueline Wilson and Tony Robinson. The anthology of prize-winners contains mysteries, humour, metaphors and dreams. Even Estelle Morris's introduction deserves a "Well tried" sticker. Write Here Write Now 2001 is published by Cambridge University Press, pound;6.95.
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