Times Children’s Book of the Week 7 Aug 2021
“Carroll’s research is exemplary; we are reminded how, arguably, the shooting down of a US air force pilot stopped a nuclear catastrophe. Yet she never lets a history lesson get in the way of a stonking plot. Although the book is set in the early 1960s with a soundtrack of the Beatles, the Who and the parp of a Lambretta, it feels very now with its talk of race relations, peace accords and the power of the people.” The Times
An enthralling thriller from the author who has been called the Hilary Mantel of children’s fiction.
‘Who are you?’ I asked. ‘You don’t know who I am? You mean, it’s not been on the news?’ The girl glanced from Ray to me and back again. ‘It’s better I don’t tell you,’ she said firmly. Nothing ever happens in World’s End Close. So when Stevie discovers a runaway girl in her coal shed, the first thing she does is fetch her best friend, Ray. Both are dying for a bit of adventure, and when the girl begs for help, they readily agree. Yet they soon realise they’ve taken on more than they bargained for. The girl, Anna, reveals she’s on the run from people who are trying to poison her. Meanwhile, on the news, the Americans and Russians are arguing over missiles in Cuba. As the threat of war grows, Anna’s behaviour becomes more mysterious. And when Stevie unearths a dark family secret, she wonders if Anna has come to World’s End Close on purpose, with a special message just for her . . .
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