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Letters from the Lighthouse: ‘THE QUEEN OF HISTORICAL FICTION’ Guardian: 1

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I liked the part when the family was reunited together at last after a long journey to the lighthouse. Olive and her brother have been evacuated to Devon, but her older sister Sukie is still missing from the night of the bombs.

My favourite part was when granny joss discovers a planet and then professor smocks(a mean scientist) says he found it.

From the queen of historical fiction, Letters From the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll is a stunningly evocative wartime drama, and sure to keep you breathlessly reading to its very last page. Yet, somehow, she has managed to top her previous works with the stunning Letters From The Lighthouse. If you haven't read any Carroll books before then you need to add them all to your reading list right now.

Letters from the Lighthouse starts off with relatively few characters, but the number increases steadily as the book progresses, resulting in quite a few by the end.

Olive, Sukie and Cliff go to the cinema to brighten up their mood as a few weeks ago they found out that their father had died as a soldier but was very proud to be dying for his country. They come first and it is essential to put the right book into the hands of every child to encourage them to read for pleasure. After months of air raid bombings in London, Olive and Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast for their safety. Suffice to say, it contains plenty of twists and turns to keep you engrossed as Olive tries to decode a mysterious note she has found in the pocket of the coat that her sister was wearing on the night she vanished. I agree with the review by The Telegraph on the front cover: Emma Carroll knows she can keep her listeners in thrall.

We weren’t even meant to be outside, not in a blackout, and definitely not when German bombs had been falling on London all month like pennies from a jar. The story might tread similar territory to other books set around this time, but I feel it’s important to continue to teach youngsters about this bleak period. A main focus of the story is the growing friendship between Olive and a Jewish refugee named Esther. This fictionalised story is as memorable as Michael Morpurgo's Private Peaceful and as beautifully written as Warhorse.

My favourite character is Esther because she stands up to the most fierce, and even if she was a bully, that's changed now! It shows you that just because you have a different religion, or you think differently, doesn’t mean you’re good or bad. The illustrations just let me feel a bit disappointed but overall the plot was enthralling with an original storyline. Whilst they`re there, they start to unravel where their missing sister Sukie is… This book is so well written!

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