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We weren't supposed to be going to the pictures that night. 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.

February, 1941. After months of bombing raids in London, twelve-year-old Olive Bradshaw and her little brother Cliff are evacuated to the Devon coast. The only person with two spare beds is Mr Ephraim, the local lighthouse keeper. But he's not used to company and he certainly doesn't want any evacuees.

Desperate to be helpful, Olive becomes his post-girl, carrying secret messages (as she likes to think of the letters) to the villagers. But Olive has a secret of her own. Her older sister Sukie went missing in an air raid, and she's desperate to discover what happened to her. And then she finds a strange coded note which seems to link Sukie to Devon, and to something dark and impossibly dangerous.

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9780571327584
  • ISBN: 9780571327584
  • Pub Date: 1st June 2017
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
  • Imprint: Faber & Faber
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number of Pages: 288

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15th May '19
zainab's read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
The siren has begun to ring and Olive's older sister has disappeared into the lavatories.What must she and Cliff do now? Run or wait?
I love every one of Emma Carroll's books so no wonder I loved this!
It was so gripping and I read it over the course of 3 days.
Also, many of her novels are based at the time of historical events which makes them even more interesting to read.
I would most definitely recommend this book to anyone over 10!
5th September '17
I read it myself aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I love this book. I couldn't put it down. The twist and unexpected events in this book are unbelievable. As well as the some of the characters in the book, I wanted to unsolve the mystery. I was quite surprised with the ending (in a good way of course). I do not regret reading it one bit!
5th September '17
I read it myself aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I love this book. I couldn't put it down. The twist and unexpected events in this book are unbelievable. As well as the some of the characters in the book, I wanted to unsolve the mystery. I was quite surprised with the ending (in a good way of course). I do not regretting reading it one bit!
5th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
What a lovely book.  I first saw it as a freebie here and liked the front cover, I know you should never judge a book by the cover, but I liked the cover so read the blurb.

The story grips you from the start, you're drawn in and introduced to London in the War, seeing life from a families point of view.  From getting caught in an air raid, the consequences and becoming an evacuee in a small sea side town where everyone knows everyone. 

The story unfolded, it wasn't predictable, there were twists and it was thoroughly enjoyable. 

Yes the front cover drew me in, but the story was worth every minute of reading - I couldn't put it down.
25th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This might be my favourite Emma Carroll book. There's a great mystery element and it's a real page turner. Perfect for children learning about WW2. I'm excited to read When We Were Warriors and return to Olive's adventures. 
28th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
This book was recommended to me and I loved it.  It drew together aspects about the war we study/teach in school but was a totally different perspective. The thrill of a mystery to solve and the overwhelming feeling of secrecy was really enjoyable.  I think the strong moral sense of right and wrong was really evident.  I loved the lighthouse link and speculating about the move of house. I grew up by the sea and this book took me back to my childhood and I could so easily have been a child in the story. It is well written and the story flows, enveloping the reader completely. A super read.
10th October '18
I read it to SycamoreStBern aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
This is the perfect book for our class topic on World War II.  Olive is a very sensible girl who gets caught up in the mystery of what happened to her sister Suki.  Cliff, Olive's brother, is a funny chap and provides lots of funny moments throughout the book.
Olive and Cliff are evacuated to Budmouth Point and the mystery develops.  This book includes historical details which help the children to imagine what life was like at this time.  It also tackles issues which are relevant today.
10th April '19
JH23 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book is set during WWII (World War Two) and is about a story of bravery, loyalty and mystery. When her sister, Sukie, goes missing, Olive and her younger brother Cliff are determined to find her but the plot unravels like no one expected and their are lots of questions to answer. What REALLY happened to Sukie and what is going on at Budmouth Point? I really enjoyed this book and it proves that Emma Carroll really is 'The queen of historical fiction'. I was first introduced to Emma Carroll at a reading event and I was glad I did. You NEED to read this!
6th August '17
Westy10 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
I loved this book. It was a real joy to read. So much so my Mum now wants to read it too!
18th August '18
Lolobean read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
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5 stars
I liked the way the book kept you guessing about what was going to happen - even about why it has its title. Olive, the main character, is adventurous and inquisitive and she always stands up for what she thinks, which I thought was great. Her brother, Cliff, is more laid back but is still a good sidekick to Olive. The other adult characters are more mysterious but you’ll figure out their secrets as you read. The book is an adventure story with some mysteries. 

It made me satisfied as the end has all the stories completed but also a bit sad to think about history. 
18th February '18
alexia read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
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5 stars
This book was amazing and anyone who doesnt mind Code breaking and sudden death and people going missing will really enjoy this story.
25th September '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
A wonderfully woven adventure story about courage, grief, friendship and tolerance set during WWII. When Olive is caught in an air raid, her mum decides that it is time her children were evacuated out of London and she is sent, with her brother, Cliff, to live in a small coastal village in Devon. There, Olive will learn some of the most important lessons of her life, including just how much she is capable of. "We were the going to be beaten by hate" is a message that transcends the period setting, speaking straight to a contemporary audience. The story serves as a poignant and timely reminder that understanding, respect and compassion can defeat prejudice and bigotry. I would definitely recommend this for UKS2 to really get to the heart of some really challenging and emotive issues. A great way in to those difficult discussions that we need to have with our children these days.
29th July '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I absolutely adored this book. I could not put it down as emotionally invested in the characters from the start.
Like Olive, I wanted to work out the mystery and solve the code to find out what it was for. A story about evacuation, friendship and kindness. A must read for children studying WW2. Beautifully written.
6th September '18
I read it to 6A 2018-19 aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
Emma Carroll is a historical writing genius; the way she captures the heart and soul of the time period is amazing, and Letters from the Lighthouse is no different. Her portrayal of difficult decisions and harrowing events are brought to life to those who were not alive at the time, and this story accompanies a WW2 unit perfectly for 10-11 year olds.
One word can describe this book: breath-taking.
24th August '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I loved Letters From The Lighthouse from the first sentence. Set in World War 2, it tells the story of Olive and her family, the night her sister, Sukie, mysteriously vanishes, after being caught up in the Blitz. In order to protect Olive and her brother, Cliff, their mother evacuates them to the countryside, where they end up staying in a lighthouse, with a dog Pixie and the lighthouse keeper, Ephraim. Ephraim initially keeps very much to himself, but after Olive seeks his help to unravel a code she thinks has been left behind by her sister, he opens up to Olive. By piecing together more and more clues and from overheard conversations, Olive uncovers the mystery arrival of Austrian refugees and allows the whole village to open their minds and hearts to the new arrivals.
28th January '18
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. A shortlisted title for the Leeds Book Awards, this book was an educational look at WWII. It covers evacuation, kinder-transport and code-breaking. It engaged me from beginning to end. This book should be an award winner and a feature of the KS2 curriculum for WWII topics.  
17th March '19
I read it myself (an adult)
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5 stars
I loved this tale. Such a beautiful twist at the end. This book is going to be my Classes next novel to link in with our WW2 topic, I’ve just finished my displays and it’s got the children so excited to hear the story.
20th July '18
I read it to Year 6 readers aged 10 to 11
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5 stars
Letters from the Lighthouse is a truly outstanding book from start to finish. The world war two setting gives insight into the lives of young evacuees and brings to life the realities of a wartime childhood. It's a book filled with adventure and mystery, which keeps the reader completely on the edge of their seat and trying to guess what might happen next. It also reminds the reader about the horrors of the war and the plight of Jewish and traveller families during that time in Germany. The book us a must for all who are studying WW2 as part of their topic work and a stunning read for those who are not.
25th August '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
I really enjoyed this book which was about a couple of children called Oliver and Cliff who were evacuated to the Devon Coast. There they meet the lighthouse keeper, and a bunch of local people amongst others. While all this is happening their older sister goes missing in an air raid. The story is about their search for her and their thought processes along the way.

Its a lovely book that I think most children would enjoy. The pace isn't very fast but for those studying the war its a lovely read which would encourage me to read more by this author.
28th August '17
I read it myself (an adult)
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4 stars
I really enjoyed the storyline of this book. It was such a lovely way to tell a story about Ww2 and evacuation.
I also really liked the characters, all of them, not just the main ones Olive and Cliff. I loved the Lighthouse keeper and the many locals the children met in Devon. A real easy, enjoyable read with a really lovely ending. 
29th April '19
Techmaster read it themselves aged 10 aged 10
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3 stars
Suddenly there is a bomb in the cinema and then they are leaving there parents going to the country side and living with strangers very gripping book.
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Emma Carroll is a secondary school English teacher. She has also worked as a news reporter, an avocado picker and the person who punches holes into filofax paper. She recently graduated with distinction from Bath Spa University's MA in Writing For Young People. The Girl Who Walked on Air is Emma's second novel. She lives in the Somerset hills with her hus...

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