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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