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The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr

The Valley of Lost Secrets

Lesley Parr

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 1 Jan 2021
ISBN: 9781526620521
  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
10 Jan 2021

"This appealing book is about losses healed, lies uncovered, cruelty defeated and goodness rewarded"

A story of wartime evacuees sent to a mining village in Wales, Parr’s debut is a beautifully told novel in the tradition of such classics as Carrie’s War and Goodnight Mister Tom. Jimmy is more resistant than his six-year-old little brother, Ronnie, to the welcome of the couple who take them in, longing for his London home. But the couple’s warmth, a disturbing discovery in the hills, conflict in the village and shifts in his relationships with other evacuees — notably his best friend, Duff, who turns on him, and a deprived, outcast girl who blossoms in the kindness of her new home — eventually give him a sense of belonging.