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The Secret of Splint Hall

Written by Katie Cotton

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The Secret of Splint Hall Review

Books of the Month Crime / Mystery Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Historical Fiction

A magical and many layered and original adventure story

March 2022 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month March 2022

Rich in atmosphere and with a plot that cleverly combines history with mystery and even magic this is a many layered and original adventure story. When Flora and Isobel’s home is destroyed in an air raid at the end of World War 2, their mum takes them to stay in her ancestral family home, Splint Hall. Under its disagreeable present owner Mr Godfrey, Splint Hall is a chilling place full of rules and secrets. Flora and Isobel set about defying the rules and uncovering the magic! There is a lot to reveal as the girls risk all to get to the truth.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Secret of Splint Hall by Katie Cotton

A message from the author Katie Cotton;

I started wondering what it might be like to have been a child during the war. Would you believe the grown-ups when they told you it was all over? I adore history and researching this book was an absolute pleasure. I read many post-war diaries, they painted a very moving picture of a country doing its best to move on but finding it difficult. In those early months in 1945, after peace was announced, there was a sense of disbelief that it was really all over. And that made me wonder: what if the war wasn’t over? What if, deep underground, something old and evil stirred… The Secret of Splint Hall is (I hope) a fun adventure story. But at its heart is a deeper question: how do we find the strength to go on fighting when we know that evil will return? The answer is, as Isobel discovers, because there is a lot worth fighting for. 

The Secret of Splint Hall Synopsis

1945. War has ended, but for sisters Isobel and Flora the struggles still continue. They've lost their father and had their home destroyed in a bombing raid, and now they must go to live with their aunt and her awful husband Mr Godfrey in their ancestral home, Splint Hall.

From the moment of their arrival it seems that this is a place shrouded in mysteries and secrets. Who are the strange men who arrive with packages at night?

What is the source of the strange blue sparks coming from the ground? And why do the locals seem to hate their family so much? As the girls begin to unearth an ancient myth and family secret, the adventure of a lifetime begins.

The Secret of Splint Hall Press Reviews

Exquisite storytelling . . . A future classic  -- Phil Earle

An exquisitely crafted historical mystery with an exciting twist - every page felt like discovering jewels in a treasure box-- Katie Tsang, bestselling author of Dragon Mountain

Stirring, captivating fantasy with an emotional punch, bridling with magic -- Ross Montgomery

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ISBN: 9781839131967
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781839131967
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Katie Cotton
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 2022 Book Preview: Must Read Books To Look Forward To,

About Katie Cotton

Katie Cotton studied English Literature at Oxford University before becoming an author and editor of children’s books. Her books Counting Lions and The Road Home were both published internationally and received starred reviews in the US. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her hiking up a hill or eating cake.  

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