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The Attic Term by Antonia Forest
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Jun 29, 09

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Well, I gave in, and read it despite my best intentions to make it last. In this one, the vague hint at the end of The Cricket Term that Ginty is going to test the limits of truth comes to pass. She doesn't turn evil. As always, Forest stays away from stereotyping characters, and so she doesn't offer convenient answers: the evil character is easily squashed because right must prevail.

The characters who want to do right have to struggle, and they don't always win. Patrick and Nicola become more appealing. Ginty . . . turns smaller, through easily understandable steps. Will Patrick stay in love with her? Ginty is obsessed with keeping his interest, all the more because she suspects, deep down, that Patrick has a strong affinity for her younger sister--a bond that she seems incapable of.

Meantime, everything is changing at the school that had seemed so uncomfortably unchanging. And the teachers display more personality than ever before.
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