Review & Giveaway: Our Castle by the Sea

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We are over the moon to be taking part in the blog tour for Lucy Strange's latest book, Our Castle by the Sea. Read on for our review and a giveaway to win a copy of the book.

Book Title: Our Castle by the Sea (available here)

Author: Lucy Strange

Publisher: Chicken House

Publication Date: January 2019

Most Suitable For: Years 5/6


Schools are spoilt for choice when it comes to stories set in World War 2, but this new book by Lucy Strange absolutely deserves its place as a worthy addition to the list.

Set in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II, the story follows 12-year-old Pet (short for Petra Zimmerman Smith - a name that feels like it’s too big to fit into). Pet lives in a lighthouse on the south coast of England and grew up hearing stories of ancient sea monsters, legends of ’Daughters of Stone’ and whisperings of secret tunnels.

Now, as the war breaks out, childhood stories give way to terrifying real life battles as German war machines lurk in the skies above and the sea below. Fear is in the air and it is not long before the people of the nearby village turn on Pet’s mother, who is German. What’s more, Pet’s older sister is acting suspiciously and Pet discovers a set of mysterious documents and photographs hidden away in the lighthouse.

As the war progresses, everyone is affected in different ways and Pet’s old lifestyle seems to slip away. In the background to it all though, Pet has never forgotten the ancient legends about the Daughters of Stone and feels certain that she is somehow a part of the ancient story.

Bringing together an evocative wartime setting, relatable themes and a sprinkling of ancient legend, this is a riveting read that I’m certain will delight teachers and children alike in KS2 classrooms.

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Book Giveaway

Thanks to the publishers at Chicken House, we have a copy of Our Castle By the Sea to give away to one of our followers!

To enter, simply follow @booksfortopics on Twitter and retweet the giveaway tweet by 11.59pm Monday 21st January 2019 (T&Cs here).


You can order Our Castle By the Sea online or from your local bookshop or library.

Many thanks to the publisher for sending us a review copy of this book, for providing the giveaway prize and inviting us to be involved in the blog tour. Remember to check out the other stops on the blog tour!


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