Whistling in the Dark

A legendary author. A Blitz novel to rival Goodnight Mister Tom. In war, everything is rationed. Except courage. And true friendship. Shirley Hughes is one of the greatest authors we have. Loads of us grew up with her books. Now she’s back with a war story full of wisdom and power. Liverpool, 1940, is a tough place to grow up. Sweet rations, blackouts, strict curfews. Plus terrifying nightly air-raids. Joan and her best friend Doreen make the best of things – until they find an army deserter. Who is he? Why does he think Joan can help him? As Nazi bombs rain down, the friends learn his dark secret…

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    Shirley Hughes

    Shirley Hughes is the creator of classic childhood favourites like Dogger and the Alfie series. We think she’s a national treasure!


    Shirley Hughes has twice won the Kate Greenaway Award, for Dogger and Ella’s Big Chance, and was the first ever recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Achievement Award.

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