Letters from the Lighthouse

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Who Wrote It?

Emma was a secondary school English teacher in Devon. She has also worked as a news reporter on a local newspaper, an avocado picker and the person who punched holes into Filofax paper.

When she isn’t writing books, she is reading them. Nowadays, she writes full time and it’s her absolute dream job.

What's It About?

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, 12 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.

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Emma lives in the Somerset hills with her husband where she writes and drinks tea under the watchful eyes of her two Jack Russell terriers.

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Johnny from Westgate Primary:

1941. World War 2 has been under way for 2 years. Olive's sister Sukie goes missing in an air raid. She makes it her mission to find her. Before she can start searching, Olive and her younger brother Cliff are evacuated to Devon. Here they meet Queenie, Sukie's pen-pal. Perhaps she is the key to finding Sukie. Queenie, however, is not everything Olive imagined her to be. Letters from the lighthouse. Strange radio conversations. Clocks set at ten minutes past two. How do all these link? Does Sukie fit into this puzzle? Can Olive and Cliff save their sister?

If you like a great mystery story written with true passion and so realistic that you feel like you're there, then this really is the book for you! Despite the dull start and somewhat confusing story line, this novel gets going, revealing it's secrets along the way. It's sure to keep you turning the pages.

Johnny gave Letters from the Lighthouse 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans.

Lucy from Westgate Primary School:

This was a breath-taking novel about the darkest years of world history.It was a riveting read and I would certainly read it again.I could pick this book up and it would take me on an adventure as if I was in this roller coaster of emotions story.It was about three siblings who lived in the city of London during the war, and were evacuated to live in a little village called "Budmouth Point". Before these siblings were evacuated, during an air raid in London their eldest sister went missing. Something at this new village is very suspicious, and the two other siblings are desperate to find out more.

I would definitely give this book a well-deserved 5 out of 5 and I hope other people would rate this too.

Lucy gave Letters from the Lighthouse 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy by Lara Williamson.

Charlotte from Green Lane Primary Academy:

Letters from the lighthouse is a novel by Emma Carol. It takes you on an amazing adventure about a girl named Olive and her younger brother Cliff. When their older sister Sukie goes missing in an air raid suddenly everything goes wrong. They are evacuated and live with many different people, all who have secrets of their own. A coded note is the only clue. Can they and will they crack the code? All the way through there is constant excitement and the book is a definite page turner. I give it 5 out of 5 stars all the way through. I recommend it to people who love hearing stories with excitement and mystery, so why not give it a go?

Charlotte gave Letters from the Lighthouse 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis.