Stories in this issue:
- No-one Cheers for Norah (artist John Armstrong)
- Slaves of the Sorcerer (artist Desmond Walduck) – first episode
- Wee Sue (artist Vicente Torregrosa Manrique)
- Brenda’s Brownies (artist and writer Mike Brown)
- Odd Mann Out (artist A E Allen)
- Silver Is a Star (artist Eduardo Feito)
- Not So Lady-like Lucy
- Our Big BIG Secret (artist Jim Baikie)
- The School of No Escape (artist unknown artist ‘Merry’)
- Wendy the Witch (artist and writer Mike Brown)
- Sandra Must Dance (artist Douglas Perry)
- Bonnie’s Butler (artist Julio Bosch)
- Anna’s Forbidden Friend (artist Miguel Quesada)
- A Sandie Pop Portrait – Sacha Distel (artist Bob Gifford)
The contents have moved around quite a lot in this issue compared to the previous eight – for instance “Silver Is A Star” has been moved much nearer the middle of the paper than it was, and “Anna’s Forbidden Friend” has moved to the last spot (which I think was probably one of the best spots, as providing the denouement of the issue).
Norah hurries to her father’s hospital bed, as he is in a bad way. She hears his side of the story of his disgrace (he says he didn’t do it) and her visit gives him a new will to live.
Catawiki credits both the new story, “Slaves of the Sorcerer”, and last week’s “Little Lady Nobody”, as both being by artist Desmond Walduck. I disagree and have credited “Little Lady Nobody” as being by Roy Newby. Soon I will post about the story, which was the first Sandie story to finish, and you can decide for yourselves. In this first episode, Beth Williams is accused and then acquitted of stealing, but she soon finds herself entangled in a trap that is much harder to escape from. The story is set in 1930, but the historical elements are not very strongly outlined, at least not yet.
Wee Sue rescues a dog from the roadside – she has recognized that its yellow collar means it belongs to a nearby scientific establishment. Researcher Miss Brog claims only to be kind to the animals she is experimenting on – but if so, why did the dog run away?
Susie Man’s elder sister carries out her threat to expel Susie’s classmate Sarah in revenge for Susie’s trouble-making, but the class rally round Sarah and (at Susie’s further instigation, of course) hide her in the storeroom while they run round trying to find evidence to condemn the Head as a crook and a liar.
Trudy wins a steeplechase event that brings with it a first prize of one hundred pounds – so she is able to buy back Mr MacReady’s pawned saddle. We are told that next she will have to find money to save the stables…
Eva, one of Miss Voor’s mysterious sidekicks, is remorseful and tries to help Dale – but Miss Voor overpowers her mentally and Dale is soon being pushed over the side of a cliff rather than being helped to rescue her classmates.
Sandra has been accepted to the Southern Ballet Company for a trial period, but rival Robinia Drew has also been invited along. One way or another, the twins’ secret seems likely to be out fairly soon – especially as Joan has to sign the contract herself, with her own signature.
Anna is tied up by the roughs from her estate, with a placard reading “I am a traitor”. Julia unties her and then runs away, saying “I don’t want to have anything to do with you or Madeley Buildings any more!” – to the reader, a transparent ploy, but will it fool the onlookers?