Letters from the Lighthouse: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian: 1

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Letters from the Lighthouse: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian: 1

Letters from the Lighthouse: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian: 1

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There are echoes of Michael Morpurgo and Nina Bawden, but in a style of her own Carroll (The Girl Who Walked on Air, Strange Star) sews together accessible history with a cracking plot and a character to love in the strong, principled Olive. The thing that touched me most within this wonderful novel was the opportunity to hear the stories behind all those effected by war along with the refugees and the impact they had on the locals. Before they leave, their sister, Sukie, goes missing during an air raid, and Olive is determined to figure out what happened to her.

Mystery and suspense have been cleverly woven throughout the book and never feel forced, instead giving children a hook to keep wanting to come back to the story. Olive and her younger brother lose their older sister Sukie when they flee the cinema one night when an air raid begins! Queenie and Ephraim seem horrible people at first but they turn out to be kind people with good intentions. When the pages ran out, I felt bereft, desperate to follow up the mystery of Sukie’s disappearance from the air raid that interrupted the screening of ‘The Mark of Zorro’. Olive is the main character and Cliff (her brother) traveled to Devon to stay safe from the German bombs in WW1.

It shows you that just because you have a different religion, or you think differently, doesn’t mean you’re good or bad. A coded note links the disappearance of their sister Sukie to Devon, and Olive is determined to unravel the mystery.

To try and be helpful she becomes a postman and starts sending secret messages to her sister Suki who was lost in an air raid, but she finds a code which she is convinced relates to her but how far will she go for her sister? The main theme of this book is how peopole have to leave home to fight for their country but Olive soon realises that her father isn't coming home. I'm not good at writing reviews but I think this book was a completely great book, I like all the plot-twists and I really do think it links to WW2 and it seems that I'm observing the scene in real life.You guys were so fab and Dawn was such a lovely presence in the schools - I will absolutely be in touch next time I'm in your neck of the woods. Dip Into NEW PAPERBACKS [jsb_filter_by_tags count="15" show_more="10" sort_by="total_products"/] A selection of recent paperbacks. It’s a fantastic independent book seller that will actually be responsive and select appropriate books for you.

Olive is a wonderful young girl: she is clever, resilient, kind and likeable, but is also capable of making mistakes and taking actions which she later regrets. The impact of the evacuees on the seaside village of Budmouth Point is described wonderfully, the plight of children from the Kindertransport is told sensitively and different situations help readers to see events from different viewpoints.A heart-warming and life affirming novel of the indomitableness of the human spirit and that compassion and family love can win through.

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