Moving on from fantasy, we have two appealing books set a long way from Britain. In the Trees by Pauline Fisk (Faber, £6.99) takes us to Belize because Kid, whose late British mother had very little to do with his Belizean father, wants to find his surviving parent. In Belize, he's befriended by a group of gap year eco students, and learns that friendship is more sustaining than tenuous blood ties. Belize, where the author spent a research sabbatical, is almost a character in this colourful novel.

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