by Mal Peet & Elspeth Graham
illustrated by P. J. Lynch
Issa knows the desert better than anyone. As he begins to go blind, he shares his precious knowledge with the child he adopts, Mariama. When some mysterious travellers ask to be guided through the perilous Bitter Mountains, Issa and Mariama work with perfect synchronicity. Set amongst the trading communities of ancient Timbuktu (now Mali), this is a superbly wrought story with beautifully illustrated colour plates and with all of the feel of a classic. 'It was a good book and it was described beautifully. You could see what was happening mentally' (Panashe, aged 10, LL reviewer).'A book to keep and a book to revisit time and time again' (Elaine, Educational Psychologist, LL reviewer). Age 7-10, Paperback 45pp
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