Booklist: Children's books about family secrets and lies

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Ann-Marie Howell, author of Mystery Of The Night Watchers, joins us this week to share some books featuring family secrets and lies. Ann-Marie's book is a gripping new historical adventure set in East Anglia, and the story sees the unearthing of some family secrets dangerous enough to put lives at risk...

Ann-Marie told us, "I grew up loving books about mysteries and family secrets, which is I think why I enjoy writing them so much now. Here are my top five favourite reads packed full of secrets that will hopefully keep you guessing to the very end."

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The Ghost of Gosswater
Available here
Lucy Strange 

When Agnes is sent away from Gosswater Hall to live with the father she never knew, she embarks on a hunt for her true identity. This historical mystery is beautifully written and really did keep me guessing right until the end! 

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The Silent Stars Go By 
Available here
Sally Nichols

Gorgeous historical fiction set in 1919. Margot has a devastating secret to reveal to her fiancé who has returned from the war after being missing in action. 

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The Valley of Lost Secrets 
Available here
 Lesley Parr

Jimmy is evacuated to a small village in Wales with his little brother and finds a skull hidden in a tree. This is brilliantly conveyed mystery about family secrets and adjusting to a new life.

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His Dark Materials trilogy 
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Philip Pullman 

This is a stunning fantasy, packed full of adventure and intrigue and very big family secrets. Who is Lyra’s mother and where has Will’s father gone? I loved the TV dramatization just as much as the books.

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The Pear Affair 
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Judith Eagle

This is about Nell Magnificent’s hunt in Paris for her beloved Pear (and features some of the most awful parents you are ever likely to meet). I love the way Judith weaves her stories and really keeps the reader on their toes as they try to unfold the many mysteries. 

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Mystery of the Night Watchers
Available here
A. M. Howell

Ann-Marie's new book, Mystery of the Night Watchers, is a gripping new historical adventure set in East Anglia. It’s May 1910 and the blazing Halley's comet is drawing closer to the earth, when Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. Nancy is forbidden from leaving her grandfather's house and discovers its secret observatory. As the mysteries begin to pile up Nancy must bring dark secrets from the past to light – even if doing so will put her own life at risk.

See our full review over on the BooksForTopics blog.

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