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

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This moving and memorable homage to E Nesbit's classic story is no ordinary children's book. A heart-wrenching and poignant tribute to 'all the boys and girls, 1914-18', it is a must-read for children and adults alike.

This is going on my "Must Read WWII Fiction for Middle Grade" shelf. I don't even homeschool anymore, but I keep expanding that shelf. I'm okay with that. Your Ks2 class will then use this information to answer the comprehension questions based on: retrieval, inference and vocabulary.

Emma Carroll pulls on the reader’s heartstrings. She made me feel bad for Olive, but not only for her, for all people and families that suffered throughout WWII. The author used such powerful vocabulary, it felt like I was there. Not only is this a great book, it spreads a message. It shows you that just because you have a different religion, or you think differently, doesn’t mean you’re good or bad.’ If your middle grade kids (ages 8-12) haven't discovered Emma Carroll yet, then they're missing out., Irish Times

Fantastic resource! Thank you so much! Is there anyway you could send me your weekly planning for it? Many, many thanks! Olive is 10, and she is dertemend to find out what happend to her sister. Sukie is Olives sister, who goes missing one night during an air raid. Cliff, who is 7, is Olive's younger brother. Ephtaim is the mysterious lighthouse keeper. They are evacuated to Devon where they try to solve the mystery of their missing sister.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.

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