DJ Taylor Telegraph 

Another chance to look and learn

“The prime targets … are bright pre-teenagers interested in hobbies beyond pop music and soaps, who ‘need to be able to feel good about themselves ‘ and to realize that ‘there are other children out there like them ‘. To this end, the ethos is strongly participative: the magazine acts as a poste restante for pen-pals and runs monthly competitions. If all this makes Aquila sound horribly uplifting – the kind of thing that parents seize upon with nostalgic joy, but which no right-minded child would be seen dead reading – then it should be said that the scent rising from its pages is one of simple enthusiasm, engagingly conveyed. An intelligent 10-year-old, I believe, would get a great deal out of its 24 pages, as well as a number of useful prods in other directions. Undoubtedly this atmosphere is encouraged by the magazine’s small scale.”

DJ Taylor Telegraph

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