Handles Paperback – Jun 3 1985
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From Publishers Weekly
A holiday in the country takes a twist for a city girl who is a motorcycle buff in this story that won the Carnegie Medal. Ages 10-14.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Every detail of this fine novel aimed at "young adults" rings true, the characters intended to be likeable are extremely so, and there is actually a plot of sorts, ultimately involving the creative "tatooing" of what the Brits call "vegetable marrows," which I take to be a kind of cucumber. Several of the characters, for example the owner of the motorcycle repair shop, silently bear crosses of a sort which would be crushing to the weak. Whatever your age, in reading this book you will spend a couple of hours with people you like, in realistic and interesting situations, and you will learn some important lessons about real life in the bargain.
I've enjoyed other Jan Mark books too, such as "Divide and Rule", which also has an overwhelming mental link for me, "The Bread of Mortification", that's also well worth reading.