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Whistling in the Dark

Written by Shirley Hughes

Key Stage 2 Family / Home Stories Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Whistling in the Dark

Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own memories of growing up at that time, Shirley Hughes sets a vivid scene of blackouts, rationing – especially of nylons which was a great hardship for the girls and all against the permanently lurking dread that something terrible is about to happen. But she also brings alive her much life was the same in terms of friendships and adventures as Joan and her best friend Doreen enjoy going to school, seeing off the class bully and going to the cinema.  

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

Whistling in the Dark Synopsis

Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joan's home is under threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, especially with the sweet rationing, strict curfews and blackouts. Joan and best friend Doreen love going to the cinema until the bombings intensify and then even that becomes too dangerous, especially when an army deserter is found lurking near their home. Who is he and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart...

Whistling in the Dark Press Reviews

Her second wartime novel, set in the strict curfews and blackouts of the Liverpool Blitz. Hero on a Bicycle was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. Fiona Noble The Bookseller

Whistling in the Dark is a clear, well-plotted depiction of domestic life in Liverpool during the Second World War. It adds to the genre [...] and gives further insight into the daily battles faced by civilian families under fire in Liverpool. IBW Children's Book Guide, The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406365696
Publication date: 2nd June 2016
Author: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction

About Shirley Hughes

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.   Shirley Hughes (1927 – 2022) was born and grew up in West Kirby, near Liverpool. She studied at Liverpool Art School and at the Ruskin School of Art in Oxford, before embarking on a career as a freelance illustrator. At first she worked as an interpretive illustrator, but she began to write and design her own picture books when her children were very young. Her first book, Lucy and Tom's Day, was published in 1960. Shirley Hughes illustrated over two hundred children's books and is renowned as a champion of children's ...

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