The Lonely Hearts Club
Oxford University Press, 146 pp, $14.95
Q: What is the most outdated, boring genre in children’s literature?
A: The boys’ boarding school story, a fossil left over from the last century.
Q: Would it be possible to revive it?
A: Out of the question. And anyway, who would want to?
Miracles can still happen. Robin Klein and Max Dann, two of the most popular and successful contemporary children’s authors, have combined forces to write a comedy with a boarding school setting which might, just possibly, start a whole new trend in Australian children’s literature.