Letters from the Lighthouse
Publisher: Faber and Faber
Olive and her brother have been evacuated to Devon, but her older sister Sukie is still missing from the night of the bombs. A mysterious note found in the coat of her sister suggests that Sukie was involved in something dangerous, but Olive can't make the pieces fit together.
Emma Carroll is a natural storyteller and her sixth novel cements her place as the go-to writer for middle-grade historical fiction. Her writing is filled with well-researched detail that folds seamlessly into the story. This would make an excellent companion read to school lessons on war-time evacuees, although it is a definite read for pleasure.
Olive is a brave heroine and there's a good twist towards the end that even the most wily readers won't see coming.