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Apr 2014
Morris and Benny's Uncanny Adventures - Alice James - 2014
[Disclosure: This is a review of a book written by a friend, and is based on a draft copy.]
Since the sad loss of one of Britain's National Treasures and the retirement of Harry Potter, the modern-day family-based fantasy has been in eclipse, supplanted by dystopian novels aimed specifically at teenagers and their feelings of estrangement. This is a pity. Books which are aimed at a specific market, or which exclude potential readers by failing to represent them, are in my opinion poor books, no matter how well written. It's about time that there was a revival in the Diana Wynne Jones-style family fantasy that anyone can read, and Ms James has provided it.
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