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

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I loved it because it is a fabulous book all about a young girl (Olive) ,who lived in the time of world war II, that goes through a great adventure in Budmouth Point.

Olive and her brother have been evacuated to Devon, but her older sister Sukie is still missing from the night of the bombs. 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. I did read it really quickly There is secrecy, mystery, adventure and real danger within the story which is narrated by the main character, a twelve years old girl.The story was amazing with a happy ending and it hooked me in very well, I kept reading the WHOLE day on Sunday because it was sooooo good.

Carroll has written wonderful characters, a realistic plot where the kids can make significant contributions to the war effort without it being unrealistic, and added just enough of the hard stuff so as not to negate the horror of war or overburden kids with it either. Although first and foremost a brilliant story this would work extremely well in schools prompting discussion and also be extremely helpful for learning about World War 2. My favourite part of Letters from the Lighthouse was the ending because the last line is really gripping. I would recommend this book for anyone of 9 and above, it has certainly proved a popular read with everyone to whom I have personally recommended it. Both Olive and Esther show great courage and strength in challenging these prejudices from both children and adults, prejudice born of fear and ignorance.

Queenie, who runs the post office in Budmouth Point, and Ephraim, the lighthouse keeper are hiding a secret.

Once in Devon, intrigue ensues and mysteries abound as Olive uncovers a secret mission led by those who take her and her brother in. Letters from the Lighthouse is a gripping,page-turning story and I have never read a story like this in my life. I recommend it to anyone who’s into history or likes a gripping, mysterious and emotion mixing adventure of a story. It is wonderful how Emma Carrol makes her book about a girl and her brother who've been evacuated to the countryside to escape the Nazis.I have even talked the head into a little revamp of the library so that we can display them properly! But that doesn’t mean I don’t like any of the other characters because I really loved them all Especially Queenie and Esther because there were just so unpredictable and I really liked that one minute they could be kind and one minute they could be ever so mean. I would highly recommend this book to a person who likes adventures and mysteries, and unexpected endings.

Emma Carroll is now one of my favourite authors and am interested in looking into more of her books.Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. It shows you that just because you have a different religion, or you think differently, doesn’t mean you’re good or bad.

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