Jet Black Heart
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Dory is having a boring family holiday in a small sea-side town in England. Her dorky younger sister, Gracie, has become obsessed with letter-boxing - an old fashioned game where hunters locate hidden 'letter boxes' and claim the stamp hidden inside them.
While reluctantly out on one of these hunts Dory stumbles across a very old letter-box, one that contains a note from the late 1800s, and one with the magical power to pull her back to that time. It is there she meets the mysterious and beautiful Eli who has been cast out of his family home and cut off from his beloved sister by their cruel father. Eli convinces Dory to help him but she quickly realises not everything is as it seems. Will she be able to discover the truth before it is too late?
This dyslexia-friendly novel is a great, short read. The relationship between sisters Dory and Gracie is particularly believable, as the girls bicker constantly. It is fast paced and exciting, with enough plot twists to keep you guessing to the end.