Drawing pictures in the mind, Barbara Else

Coming Home to Roost
Mary-Anne Scott
Longacre Press, $20.00,
ISBN 9781775538592 

The Road to Ratenburg
Joy Cowley
Gecko Press, $20.00,
ISBN 9781776570751

Twice now I’ve been a marker at a regional Lit Quiz where teams of top intermediate age readers of fiction compete for the national prize of a trip to the international competition. The buzz in the venue, the intensity on those faces, the palpable excitement of children who have lived maybe a thousand lives already in the varied world of Fictionland prove how important the joy of reading is to young humans.

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