Letters from the Lighthouse

Letters from the Lighthouse

ISBN
9780571327584
Published
01/06/2017
9780571327584
Format
Paperback
Price
£7.99
Paperback
288

About the Book

We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

'A gripping adventure' Guardian

'A triumph' The Bookseller

'Carroll sews together accessible history with a cracking plot and a character to love in the strong, principled Olive' The Times, Children's Book of the Week

We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. We weren't even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar.February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he’s not used to company and he certainly doesn’t want any evacuees. Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she’s desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.'A gripping adventure' Guardian'A triumph' The Bookseller'Carroll sews together accessible history with a cracking plot and a character to love in the strong, principled Olive' The Times, Children's Book of the Week
  • Emma Carroll

    Emma Carroll is a secondary school English teacher. She has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes into filofax paper. She recently graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University's MA in Writing For Young People. The Girl Who Walked on Air is Emma's second novel. She lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.

“An adventure of old-fashioned charm”
- Sunday Times, Book of the Week
“If your middle grade kids (ages 8-12) haven’t discovered Emma Carroll yet, then they’re missing out.”
- Irish Times

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