The Book That Made Me: Nicola Davies 15/05/19
The Secret Message
One of a new series of 'Cold Fusion' books which challenge readers to think outside the box in a variety of practical, intellectual and ethical ways, suited to more able readers. This short novel is ideal for boys who prefer a short, punchy read with a challenge beyond the reading, and additional context to investigate.
Townsend tells the story of Sam, who discovers the diary which his great-great-grandfather wrote during World War I. It has a far wider remit than a war diary however, as gradually we discover far greater links between Sam and his ancestor, and witness not only the social equality of early twentieth-century life but also the astonishing heroism and sacrifice siblings demonstrate.