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George Swede.

Toronto, Three Trees Press, c1982.
64pp, paper, $10.95 (paperbound boards), (paper) $4.95.
ISBN 0-88823-054-0 (paperbound boards), 0-88823-050-8 (paper).

Grades 4 and up.
Reviewed by Carol Steedman.

Volume 11 Number 4.
1983 July.

George Swede has written seven poetry books, and this is his fifth book for children. He has created a novel of quick-paced action that would likely attract a grade 4, 5 or 6 student.

The believable setting of Vancouver and Stanley Park enhances the story's up-to-date plot. Andy West is a boy who chances to foul up the plans of a drug-smuggling ring. Getting to the police presents more of a problem than he expected. Andy receives help from two friends and a Mountie in the park. An intricate, although at times too coincidental, set of relationships evolves and brings the story to a surprising yet satisfactory ending.

Short chapters, good print, and wide spacing also make the book appealing. Unstable binding in the paperback may make its use limited, but otherwise Undertow is a good Canadian book for junior grades.

Carol Steedman, North Ward P. S., Paris, ON.
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