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"Gripping WW1 read for a curious kid…"
My son Theodore (aged 10) absolutely raced through this one. The book stands out from other World War One childrens books for its plot, split in time between WW1 and the present day, and the codes which unveil important secrets about the story. Theodore had the book in one hand, a pen in the other to write down the encoded messages. Anything that leads to my son simultaneously reading and writing outside of school is worthy of a 5 star rating!
Theodore is a curious boy, but he has a bit of a short attention span, so reading inch thick tomes only results in books left by the wayside. The merciful brevity of The Secret Message allowed him to dispatch the book rather quickly, rather than letting it progress towards unwilling and therefore incomplete labour. It also gave us a chance to talk about the first world war, all the more important what with the upcoming centenary, and its outrageous omission from the national curriculum.
If you have an inquisitive child who could handle a challenge give it a try.Read moreLess