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Letters from the LighthouseLetters from the Lighthouse

by Emma Carroll

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So far we have received 15 reviews of Letters from the Lighthouse.

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Angelique from Year 5:

I liked the fact that this book was set in the second world war. It reminded me of when I read 'Good night Mr Tom.' The group of refugees arrived in Devon and I felt lots of emotion from the different characters especially Olive and Cliff when they arrived in Budmouth to get away from the bombs. Whilst I was reading the book I was worried about Sukie just like Olive was. This book was full of mystery which I enjoyed. I rate this book at a 9.

Marks out of 10: 9

gwenyth from Year 6, Green Top Primary:

I like letters from the lighthouse because it is full of mistery and you never know what is going to happen next also it is very dramatic. My favourite character is olive (the main character)because she likes the same things as me like reading and the sound of the sea.I recommend this book for people aged 8 and up.

Marks out of 10: 10

Hannah from Year 7, - Home Educated -:

Letters from the Lighthouse is one of the best books i have ever read. It has been on my bookshelf for quite a long time but when i picked it up i wished i had before! This book is sent in world war two when Olive (the main character) get evacuated to a lighthouse and wants to find out more about her big sister Sukie's disappearance but gets involved with something she will always remember.

Marks out of 10: 10

Shani from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:

This book is about Sukie in world war 2. I found that a person who would read this will have to like history. I would recommend this book because it tells you a lot.

Marks out of 10: 8

Grace from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:

This books was amazing!! I got a jumpstart on topic because we are learing about wold war 2. I would definitely recommend this book beacuse its interesting and I absolutly love it

Marks out of 10: 10

Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

Long ago in the 1940's lived a young girl named Olive. Just for a minute imagine the thought of being taken away from everything you have, most of your family, your home and your happiness. Scary right? Well, unfortunately, Olive was one of the many victims that were innocently caught up in this- WW2. After losing two of her sisters in an air raid, her mother feels for their safety to send Olive and her brother to the quiet area on the coast of Deven. It brings new experiences, fears, excitement and adventure to every page- but I don't want to spoil it! Laughter. Emotion. Warmth. Some words to describe what I felt in an amazing book you should try - Letters At The Lighthouse. I ADORED this book because of the way every place, event and action was written. I have never come across such a book which brought such comfort and warmth to my heart and mind. To add on, I felt like I was in the book itself and after I finished it I even skipped back to parts I loved as the wording was perfect and so lovely to read. As well as that I enjoyed it because of how the story was linked to a real event that took place. As a student myself, putting educational information in to topics and objects we love is vital and for keen readers 'Letters At The Lighthouse' is the perfect oppotunity to for people my age to learn about what many children experience and how outdoors is fun ( as unfortuanately many children now are addicted to technology). If I was an author, this book is definitely good to inspire on and use to create more books that all ages can learn from. An all age read with a lovely thick book to work on, a fictional build, interesting characters and an imaginable setting, what more would you want? Yes, go and enjoy 'Letters At The Lighthouse'!

Marks out of 10: 10

Eleanor from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

Long ago in the 1940's lived a young girl named Olive. Just for a minute imagine the thought of being taken away from everything you have, most of your family, your home and your happiness. Scary right? Well, unfortunately, Olive was one of the many victims that were innocently caught up in this- WW2. After losing two of her sisters in an air raid, her mother feels for their safety to send Olive and her brother to the quiet area on the coast of Deven. It brings new experiences, fears, excitement and adventure to every page- but I don't want to spoil it! Laughter. Emotion. Warmth. Some words to describe what I felt in an amazing book you should try - Letters At The Lighthouse. I ADORED this book because of the way every place, event and action was written. I have never come across such a book which brought such comfort and warmth to my heart and mind. To add on, I felt like I was in the book itself and after I finished it I even skipped back to parts I loved as the wording was perfect and so lovely to read. As well as that I enjoyed it because of how the story was linked to a real event that took place. As a student myself, putting educational information into topics and objects we love is vital and for keen readers 'Letters At The Lighthouse' is the perfect oppotunity to for people my age to learn about what many children experienced and how outdoors is fun ( as unfortunately many children now are addicted to technology). If I was an author, this book is definitely good to inspire from and use to create more books that all ages can learn from. An all age read with a lovely thick book to work on, a fictional build, interesting characters and an imaginable setting, what more would you want? Yes, go and enjoy 'Letters At The Lighthouse'!

Marks out of 10: 10

Jorja from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:

this book was one of the best books I have ever read because it was full of mystery and excitement made me want to never put down the book. this book made me fell loads of different feelings: worried, (when there were air raids and Sukie went missing and when the boat came in and when Cliff got ill) joyful,(when Olive saw here mum again and when Cliff found out he had a dog and when the whole family got reunited) confused, (when Queenie wasn't actually Sukie's pen pal it was Ephraim and when the German are ship crashed as well as when Sukie told every one what happened to dad). I loved this book so much because it was life like and I could picture it in my head, the lighthouse the ship, and even Olive, Cliff and Sukie.

Marks out of 10: 10

Matilda from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

This book ( Letters from the Lighthouse) is a mixture between a mystery and a very sad story. My favourite character is olive because she was a really soul stirring character and makes sure everything is right. My favourite part was were Sukie appeared out of a fishing boat and how she risked her life to save the Jews from Hitler. Over all I would rate this book a 8 out of 10 because there are a few boring parts to this book.

Marks out of 10: 8

Millie from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:

I really enjoyed Letters of the Lighthouse, however the storyline is complicated and difficult to follow, which is why I rate it a 8. I like how it is set in WW2 because I find this topic intriguing and it gives you a glimpse of what life was like as a child living in the war, for example evacuating and being split up from your family. It is the sort of book which makes you want to read on and find out what happens next- I read it all in one night because I couldn't bear not knowing what happened next! Aside from the hard to follow storyline, this is a brilliant book, but I only recommend it for older children of ages 10-13, as younger people may have a hard time understanding it and get bored of the book. In conclusion, it could be better, but I think that it is great apart from the storyline.

Marks out of 10: 8

Lacey from Year 4, Green Top Primary:

I thought the book was fantastic because it was about the history of World War 2. It's a bit sad at times. My favourite part was when they talking about the war. My favourite character was Olive because she was brave. I would recommend the book for people who like history and adventure.

Marks out of 10: 9

Toby from Year 6, Owston Park Primary School:

Letters from the Lighthouse is an amazing book chock-full of action,adventure and mystery.It's got a little historical aspect as it is set WW2(World War Two).10 out of 10 because the plot is amazing and the characters are amazingly funny.My favourite character is Cliff because he's the funniest of all.274 pages of wonderfulness(is that a word).

Marks out of 10: 10

shania from Year 9, Ridgewood School:

wow! This book is one of the best books ever i loved it. my best part that i loved when the boy first went to the lighthouse it almost made me cry it was the best book ever i think you need to read it

Marks out of 10: 10

Isla from Year 5, Saltersgate Junior School:

Can you imagine living in the war? Well, Sukie, Olive, Cliff and their mum have to. With their dad missing in the war, when Sukie goes missing they don't know what to do. Once they were evacuated to Budmouth Point, Olive and Cliff have to solve a series of mysterious and codes to uncover what happened to their sister. I rated this book a 8 out of 10 because of how the story read. I really enjoyed reading this book and the story line was great but the story didn't read very well. It was quite a slow read and in places I lost track of the story (otherwise I would of given it a 10/10) ; however, the theme to the book was informative and interesting especially when Olive was trying to crack a code she found in her mothers coat that Sukie (her sister) had wore before she disappeared. After reading a book by this author I would love to read another novel written by her, in addition I have never read a story about war before I read Letters from the Lighthouse and although I enjoyed it, it's not a topic I would chose myself because it makes me feel sad to think people suffered and was killed because of their race and religion.

Marks out of 10: 8

GRACE from Year 6, Montagu School, Mexborough:

I enjoyed this book. It was helpful when doing our work about ww2. I think it's great because it hooks the reader for what to come next. Especially when Suki goes missing. This gives it a good aspect and you want to find out what comes next. It's definitely amazing but the only reason why it is not a ten is because I lost the plot for it slightly and I wanted to read on instead of back. It was an amazing book which I defineltly recommend.

Marks out of 10: 8

 

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