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Wednesday 27 October 2010

Review: Worlds Next Door

Magic, sci-fi, fantasy – these books have undergone a resurgence since Harry Potter burst forth from Privett Drive – and a clutch of clever authors are producing some very exciting, highly imaginative tales that transport children to other worlds at the flick of a page.

Because there is just so much out there, it’s really lovely to come across a book that gives us tempting little slices of cleverness in the realm of magical writing... Worlds Next Door gives voice to magical writers both known and relatively unknown - but all with imaginations so rife, it's like someone in the heavens coloured them in with a mystical crayon.

A heart-wrenching story of a dog that’s sent to outer space.

An astonishing tale about graffiti that comes to life.

Two monsters that discuss their idea for a horror movie.

A lad intent on uncovering Santa.

A girl with a dragon obsession.

The variety in this compilation, edited by Tehani Wessely, is quite extraordinary.

This compendium contains 25 short stories in all, from authors that run the gamut of experience including Paul Collins, Michael Pryor, Dave Luckett and Edwina Harvey. A truly wonder-filled way to introduce relatively established young readers to a very fine line-up of writers… and to transport these readers to another world.

And that’s always a magical thing.

Title: Worlds Next Door
Author/Illustrator: edited by Tehani Wessely
Publisher: FableCroft Publishing, A$19.95RRP
Publication Date: July 2010
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780980777017
For ages: 10+
Type: Fiction

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