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Val Forrest in the Fifth by Evelyn Smith

Val Forrest in the Fifth by Evelyn Smith

Title: Val Forrest in the Fifth

Author: Evelyn Smith

Publisher: Girls Gone By

Date: 2009

Pages: 231

Format: Paperback

Val Forrest shows Evelyn Smith at the top of her form. Her characters are alive, her dialogue is sparkling and the plot is gripping without being in any way implausible. It tells how Val has to cope with a new school and, worse, with living with an unknown old schoolfellow of her mother’s whom she (rightly, as it turns out) finds deeply uncongenial.

How she fits into the Fifth Form, and befriends the other new girl, spoilt Aileen, is as much part of the plot as the unmasking of Mrs Wilby, all told with delicate insight and wit which are Evelyn Smith’s hallmarks. Val really is up against life, and though the incidents of school life may be relatively trivial they are none the less painful – and we duffer and mature alongside Val. This is a worthy addition to the Fun in the Fourth series published by Girls Gone By, showcasing the best of lesser known authors.

Our Price: £4.00

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