Whistling in the Dark

Written by Shirley Hughes

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Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, June 2015  Best-selling Shirley Hughes brings alive how it felt to be growing up in Liverpool during the Second World War. In a gripping and touching story which draws on her own memories of growing up at that time, Shirley Hughes sets a vivid scene of blackouts, rationing – especially of nylons which was a great hardship for the girls and all against the permanently lurking dread that something terrible is about to happen. But she also brings alive her much life was the same in terms of friendships and adventures as Joan and her best friend Doreen enjoy going to school, seeing off the class bully and going to the cinema.  Julia Eccleshare

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2015 

It's a Groovy World, Alfredo by Sean Taylor

The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army by Michael Foreman

Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes

The King's Shadow by Philip Womack

Whistling in the Dark Synopsis

Liverpool, 1940: thirteen-year-old Joan's home is under threat from the Nazi's terrifying nightly air-raids. It is not an easy time to be a teenager, especially with the sweet rationing, strict curfews and blackouts. Joan and best friend Doreen love going to the cinema until the bombings intensify and then even that becomes too dangerous, especially when an army deserter is found lurking near their home. Who is he and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart...

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781406365696
Publication date: 02/06/2016
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781406360295
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406360295
Publication date: 4th June 2015
Author: Shirley Hughes
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction, Family / Home Stories, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks

About Shirley Hughes

Winner of the Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award 2015.   Shirley Hughes has won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. She began to write and design her own picture  books when she had a young family and has now published more than two hundred titles. Shirley's first novel, Hero on a Bicycle (9781406336115) was published by Walker in 2012, and her critically acclaimed adventure, Whistling in the Dark was published in 2015. She lives in West London.   Click here to read more about the author.

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