This is a series of four books, written intentionally as a series. The books are: The Steps Up the Chimney The Door in the Tree The Tunnel Behind the Waterfall The Bridge in the Clouds In them the three Constant children: William, Mary and Alice spend their holidays at Golden House with their uncle and aunt while their parents are doing relief work in the Third World. They team up with the magician who used to live in the house in order to protect themselves from various forms of attack, including the magician’s evil apprentice and modern-day developers.

A mediocre series from the point of view of the plot lines. The characters are fairly well fleshed out, and there is some nice interplay between the children and the animals whose bodies they inhabit temporarily. The trouble is that, whereas ecology and concern for wildlife are uppermost, the fact that the childrens’ vegetarian aunt and uncle aren’t married is passed off as just a modern day phenomenon.

Tim Golden is a computer programmer living in London.  He is also the editor of the Good-to-Read website.