Letters from the Lighthouse

by Emma Carroll

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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Blackford School
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Blackford School

When I got the book I was so exited to read it, it was amazing but it was sad , confusing and happy .Emma Carroll is a great author I cant believe Esther Jenkins was starting to be nice to Olive .I would rate it 9/10 .

Kirkby Thore School
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Kirkby Thore School

I recommend the book 🙂

Blackford School
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Blackford School

it was a very good book it was exiting and sad

Kirkbampton CE Primary
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Kirkbampton CE Primary

I was really excited to read this book, I found it a very good book to read I especially liked the bit when Sukie ( Olive’s big sister) came back from France. I would recommend this book 9/10.

Kirkbampton CE Primary
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Kirkbampton CE Primary

it was a very enjoyable book and I liked the bit where Sukie came back on a fishermens boat after escaping from France. Some bits were sad like when Sukie disappeared when they where at the films. I would rate it nine out of ten.

Castle Carrock School
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Castle Carrock School

I wouldn’t say this was the best book that I have ever read, but it was still a good book to read. This book was a bit slow, many events happened yet the way the author wrote it made each event go on for a small while. I had already read the book before but had forgot what had happened. There could have been more description in this book and that would have made it better. I kind of enjoyed reading reading this book. I would rate this 8 out of 10. LS

St Cuthbert's RC Primary School (Wigton)
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St Cuthbert's RC Primary School (Wigton)

this book was really good i simply couldnt put it down.i would rate this book 9/10

Blackford School
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Blackford School

I couldn’t put it down either ! It was awesome!

Leeming RAF Community Primary School
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Leeming RAF Community Primary School

I love this book i really like how it includes so many plot twists and how Sukie went missing ,I like how it leaves you at a cliffhanger when Olive found out about the code i rate this book 10/10

Leeming RAF Community Primary School
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Leeming RAF Community Primary School

This book was very unexpected and Queenie wasn’t who i thought she was.did you like it ?

Leeming RAF Community Primary School
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Leeming RAF Community Primary School

When I first set my eyes on this book I couldn’t wait to read it! I absolutely love how it’s set in 1941 when World War II occurs. It has such an exciting plot-twist. My favorite character was Esther Jenkins because I couldn’t believe how horrible she was to Olive in the beginning of the story. When I finished the book I said to myself , “There has to be a sequel!” Emma Carroll , if you are reading this then please write a sequel! I would rate this book 4.8 stars.

Leeming RAF Community Primary School
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Leeming RAF Community Primary School

The letters from the lighthouse is my favorite book because the plot twists were amazing. My favorite character was sukie because she was so mysterious when she left in the bomb raid and with the piece of paper. i would rate this 9/10 and Emma Carroll if you read this please make a sequel

George Romney Junior School
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George Romney Junior School

I have loved reading Letters From The Lighthouse, it was an amazing book! This book shows people wanting equality. It’s set during World War Two. After being evacuated to Budmouth Point in Devon two children, Olive and Cliff ,think something suspicious is happening to do with their sisters disappearance back . Amy H

Warcop C of E Primary
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Warcop C of E Primary

My favourite character is Olive and I like when she turns into a post girl.

George Romney Junior School
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George Romney Junior School

This book is a very interesting book and I do recommend it to all people aged 8-? This book is full of surprise,s like the one when you find out Sukie wasn’t writing to Queenie. That was a massive twist in the story. I hope you all like this book as much as I do.
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Warcop C of E Primary
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Warcop C of E Primary

I loved the rise and fall in the story line and how in the end it fell on a happy note . Sukie is my favourite character because she was very brave and stood up for what she believed. Emma Carroll paints a vivid picture in my mind when I read her books.

George Romney Junior School
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George Romney Junior School

Good book to read I loved it.

Newbarns Primary School
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Newbarns Primary School

I think this is an amazing book set in Febuary 1941 👍 I think Emma Carrol is great . Can’t wait till my friends read this book because there going to be amazed 👭 . This will probably be my favourite book ever!!!!

Greengate Junior School
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Greengate Junior School

I didn’t enjoy this book because it wasn’t really exciting

Castle Carrock School
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Castle Carrock School

I think this book is great. It is adventurous and very funny. Queenie, the first person they stay with, was unexpected to Olive and Cliff. They thought she was going to be like their sister, Sukie. But she wasn’t. Queenie was very secretive of what she was doing in her basement. She made Olive post deliveries, and Cliff be the till person in the post office. A Jewish girl, called Esther Jenkins, stays with Queenie and that forces Olive and Cliff out. They go to stay with Mr Ephraim, the light house owner. I think this book was great. I… Read more »

Greengate Junior School
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Greengate Junior School

i didnt enjoy it it was very boring and i dont like the thought of world war 2 i would reccommend it to someone who likes the thought of world war 2 and doesnt like loads of adventure

Sedbergh Primary
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Sedbergh Primary

I really loved this book. I would recommended this to people who like war. I would rate it out of 9 out of 10.

Sedbergh Primary
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Sedbergh Primary

I really enjoyed this book because it made me laugh and the author is amazing

Kirkbampton CE Primary
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Kirkbampton CE Primary

This book wasn’t my favourite so far but I still read it.I wouldn’t recommend this book to my friends and other pupils from other schools. I’ve read the comments from pupils from other schools and they had said they loved the book. I hope other pupils from other schools enjoy the book even though I didn’t . 🤨👎

Blackford School
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Blackford School

This book was really good. I enjoyed the bit about erasing the lighthouse but I also enjoyed it when Olive and Esther saved the people on the boat

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