France, 1944. 12-year-old Eloise’s father has not come home in over a week, and she is getting worried that something might be badly wrong. When the Germans occupy Eloise’s town, and the Nazi Kommandant moves into Maison de la Noyer, things start falling apart. Through a chance meeting, Eloise volunteers to join the Resistance. Suspense, secrecy and danger follow her as, inspired by her favourite detective fiction books, she tries to find her father. A hidden passage behind a tapestry, a deportation list and a race against time... Will Eloise find her father? And what other secrets will she reveal?
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"Superb adventure set in Nazi-occupied France, with elements of Anne Frank's diary and echoes of Carve Her Name With Pride. Sarah's characters are top notch and the tension is palpable as the Nazis overrun Eloise's town. Absolutely riveting." - Books Monthly
"An unputdownable story full of twists and turns and as many surprises and heart stopping moments for the reader as for Eloise herself." - Primary Times
"Full of emotion all the way through, the darkness of some parts is tempered by hope and courage. The excitement is maintained throughout, and the vivid descriptions and obvious knowledge of the setting grab the attention." - Parents in Touch
"I was utterly gripped by this story to the very last page." - Reading Zone
""A brilliantly suspenseful adventure." - The Oldie
"An exciting and skilfully plotted Second World War adventure story with a satisfying and uplifting conclusion." - The Bookbag
"Full of emotion all the way through, and perfect for middle grade readers who love books like "The Silver Sword" or "The Owl Service". - ReadItDaddy
"This latest is a sensitive and plot-twisting drama following those who were brave enough to stand up to the foreign invaders who persecuted minority groups. With a courageous heroine, luscious descriptions of baking, and a clever use of lessons learned from reading mystery stories, this is a wise and tender read." - Minerva Reads
"Edge-of-your-seat action, clever plot twists and a cast of characters who embody both the brave and cruel sides of war." - The Book Activist