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Sandy Watson.
Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers, 1992.
120pp., paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-920501-77-X. CIP.

Subject Heading:
Handicapped children-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 3-6 / Ages 8-11

Reviewed by Jane Smith.

Volume 20 Number 5
1992 October

Fiona Malloy wants a new set of wheels more than anything else in the world. She borrows her best friend's brand new hot pink mountain bike and smashes into wheelchairbound P.C. Gillingham the Third, and the adventure begins! In this sequel to Fiona and the Flying Unicorns, Sandy Watson has created an exciting, fast-paced detective story that will keep young readers absorbed to the very end. It is a tale of lost and regained friendships, courage, kindness and self realization.

Watson's well-defined characters include Fiona, who "longed to slide down a rainbow and come to rest in a land where every day was perfect and all her dreams came true," but is in reality an active, intelligent, adventurous nine-year-old; P.C., the wheelchair-bound boy whose gentle humour, quiet strength and patience earn him our respect and admiration ("Just let me make it on my own!"); and Stanley, the hilarious, chubby four-year-old shaped like a fire hydrant who leaves the reader rolling in the aisles.

Watson's rich, challenging vocabulary, true-to-life dialogue, wonderful characters and sympathetic portrayal of the true value of friendships make this action-packed story a must for school libraries.

Highly recommended.

Jane Smith is a former Primary teacher in North York, Ontario. .
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