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Oh, this story! It grabbed me from the moment I started reading and I couldn’t put it down!
From the first page, I felt the danger of wartime London in 1944. I understood the characters constant fear that bombs could fall at any moment. I felt their hunger as they faced endless days of powdered eggs and very little to eat. But I also felt their certainty that the Americans were going to lead an invasion onto the European continent very soon which would bring an end to a very long war.
This story is told through the eyes of thirteen year old Bertie, a civil defense messenger for the war effort. He and his two friends, David and Eleanor, have the adventure of their young lives as they search for Eleanor’s missing tutor, Violette, and work together to decipher her secret notebook. Along the way, they face danger and adventure as they help to unmask a traitor.
I loved the friends’ determination to solve the mystery, to help Violette and to assist the in war effort. I loved their creativity in solving the ciphers that led to the traitor. I loved their consideration, kindness, loyalty and courtesy to one another and to everyone they met.
This is a great book for historical fiction lovers. I learned so much about London in 1944. I appreciated the author’s notes at the end that included historical notes, as well as the definitions of terms used in the book. In fact, I asked the author if there actually were teenage messengers in London during the war and learned there were!
It’s also the perfect choice for kids asking for an adventure with lots of action and danger, a complex mystery or simply a fascinating story with strong characters.
This is a must buy for every elementary and middle school library. You’ll probably need multiple copies!