From CHILDREN'S BOOK NEWS
THE MOHOLE MYSTERY HUGH WALTERS
Once again Hugh Walters has produced a well-written exciting account
of the activities of Chris Godfrey and hisfriends Morrey, Serge and Tony.
In this instance exploration does not takeplace on Mars, Mercury or other
planets, but into the interior of the earthin the tradition of Verne.
The setting for the descent into the Moholeis Dudley in Staffordshire
toward the close of the present century.Readers who know Dudley will
experience Trease's "shock of recognition".There is a thrilling build-
up of tension from the opening stroll inHyde Park on a hot summer's day
to the terrifying encounter of Serge withthe egg-shaprd creatures and
the lethal bacteria in the much hotter undergroundcavern. As usual the
author is technical but not unbearably so,and more than half of the book
is devoted to preparations for the adventure.It is satisfying that,
when the attention of so many young peopleis directed to man's conquest
of space, Hugh Walters should point out thatwe know so little of our
earth. Boys of ten and over will demand morewhen they have devoured this.