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The Present Takers

The Present Takers

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ISBN 9780174324362
Published 1 December 1986 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Chambers, Aidan
Series M Books
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ISBN-13 9780174324362
ISBN-10 0174324367
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 1 December 1986
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Chambers, Aidan
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages 128
Dimensions Height: 200mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review Melanie Prosser, her two sidekicks in tow, is the class bully. And now, on Lucy's eleventh birthday, it's her turn to be roughed-up, threatened, jeered - with public humiliation, blackmail, and an attempted shoplift frame-up to come. The situation, for Chambers, is an unusually ordinary one; but so hideously ordinary is it in real life that he may well - and not inadvisedly - be wishing to offer a solution. (The characters themselves look for answers in their story books. ) Lucy has intelligent, warm-hearted parents. She has an admirer in gangly, scruffy Angus - whom her mother expects to metamorphose into a knockout. But she can't bring herself to tell her parents about Melanie - for dread of her mother's agitation, her father's misery. ( Interfering parents she could do without. ) And Angus, for all his notes and secret meetings, can only fume. If we have to be friends, Lucy lashes out at him, at least wash your hair and get it cut. It's awful. The next day Angus comes to school with a freakish head of spiky, yellow-splotched hair. Lucy, inwardly contrite and pitying, takes him home, where her mother's ministrations begin the promised metamorphosis. But, defenseless against Melanie's viciousness, Lucy hates herself and everyone else. Then Angus aborts the shoplift frame-up; he and Lucy are interrogated; a two-family confab ensues, with all the grim details coming out. (Angus' mother, we've learned, recently went off with his father's friend - an extra strain for father and son.) A foredoomed attempt by Lucy's mum to talk to Melanie's hard, abusive mother then brings everyone square up against the recognition that, as Lucy puts it, If there's a solution, I have to find it myself. An all-class effort to shame Melanie, with wall-newspaper contributions from each of the kids, produces an explosive reaction (reminiscent, almost, of a witch-explosion) and the end of the Melanie threat. As a solution, that's an iffy proposition - but there's no gainsaying the dialogue, the feelings, the dilemma. . . or the catharsis. (Kirkus Reviews)

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