Punch by Barbara Henderson is good, proper storytelling, packed with colourful characters, shifting settings and real tension. This is a fictional adventure story for children. When 12-year old Phin is accused of a terrible crime, his only option is to flee. In the unlikely company of an escaped prisoner and a group of travelling entertainers, he enters a new world of Punch and Judy shows and dancing bears. But will Phin clear his name? An imprint by Pokey Hat, Cranachan Publishing Ltd, 2017. pp.200. Paperback.