The Secrets Act
Publisher: Chicken House
Ellen has always been brilliant at puzzles, but not quite as good at fitting in with everyone around her. When she's recruited to work at Bletchley Park, she sees it as a perfect opportunity for a new start and soon makes a friend in the headstrong, confident Pearl.
But when one of Bletchley's drivers is killed while riding his motorcycle, the pair have a completely new mystery to crack: was it an accident, or was he murdered?
With rumours of spies in the ranks, the pair soon discover that they could be in the firing line. Can they prove their innocence and uncover the truth? And who can they really trust?
The Secrets Act is a historical mystery that races along at speed, with lots of twists and turns to keep readers gripped. Author Alison Weatherby expertly uses period details to bring everything brilliantly to life, from the wartime food in the Bletchley Park canteen to Ellen's chilly attic bedroom.
Along with the clues to solve, young readers will enjoy joining Ellen and Pearl as they grow into young adults, gaining in confidence, experiencing first romances and strengthening their friendship.
Exploring everything from women in STEM to neurodiversity and the lives of LGBTQ+ people in wartime, The Secrets Act is a thrilling page-turner.