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Legendary author Shirley Hughes draws on her young teenage memories for a compelling novel of friendship and mysteries set in Liverpool during the Blitz.Liverpool, 1940: Thirteen-year-old Joans home is under constant threat from the Nazis terrifying nightly air raids. Everyone is on edge, faced with strict food rationing, curfews, and blackouts. Its not an easy time to be a teenager. Joans one solace is going to the movies with her best friend, the unflappable Doreen, but when the bombings intensify, even that becomes too dangerous. Theres also the matter of a strange man who Joan sees lurking near their home. Who is he, and why does he think Joan can help him? Even more unsettling, as the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery down by the old mill that will tear the whole community apart. In the hardship of war, everything seems to be rationedexcept true friendship.