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Letters from the Lighthouse

Written by Emma Carroll

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories Family / Home Stories Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on Letters from the Lighthouse

One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | July 2017 Book of the Month 

Lovereading4kids are big fans of Emma’s books.  Her stories continue to delight and move me, and Letters from the Lighthouse does not disappoint at all.

It’s 1941 and the Second World War rages on longer than anyone anticipated. Reeling from the death of their father and the disappearance of their sister Sukie, Olive and her brother are evacuated to the coast of Devon. After discovering a strangely coded message that she’s certain has something to do with Sukie’s disappearance, Olive embarks on a dangerous adventure as she’s determined to get to the bottom of the mystery. Emma Carroll has a wonderful takent for bringing historic events to life for today’s young readers and with Letters from the Lighthouse continues to create an enthralling, thrilling read, whilst introducing situations and characters that are still relevant in our world today.

Olive is a wonderful protagonist. Being an evacuee she has an understanding of the prejudice that can come from lack of understanding. 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. War and hate has the ability to divide communities but Letters from the Lighthouse shows how much can be achieved when people work together.

A beautifully written story about bravery, compassion, understanding, and having the strength to fight for what you believe in.  ~ Shelley Fallows

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Letters from the Lighthouse Synopsis

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.

Letters from the Lighthouse Press Reviews

Like Michael Morpurgo and Philip Pullman, Carroll knows she can keep her listeners in thrall   The Telegraph

Praise for In Darkling Wood:

‘A moving story of families, friendship and fairies but most of all of hope’  The Bookbag

‘This book confirms [Carroll’s] position as a leading children's author.’  Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571327584
Publication date: 1st June 2017
Author: Emma Carroll
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction

About 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. Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband and two terriers.

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