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Children’s Book Review: The Secret of Nightingale Wood by Lucy Strange

The Secret of Nightingale WoodTitle: The Secret of Nightingale Wood

Author: Lucy Strange

Pages: 304

Published: October 31st 2017 by Chicken House

Genre: Children’s Historical Fiction

Rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a really sweet and interesting book with deep topics of women’s mental health, grief, imagination, and persistence presented in an interesting format for young readers. Read More…

This story is set against the backdrop of the years following the Great War in England and our protagonist Henry must come to terms with many adult themes and become the backbone of a broke household of women. She stops at nothing to discover the truth and to set her mother the right help she needs to overcome the death of Henry’s brother. This would be a great Mother/Daughter read along book for third to fifth graders.

Here is the Goodreads Summary:

1919. Mama is ill. Father has taken a job abroad. Nanny Jane is too busy to pay any attention to Henrietta and the things she sees — or thinks she sees — in the shadows of their new home, Hope House.

All alone, with only stories for company, Henry discovers that Hope House is full of strange secrets: a forgotten attic, ghostly figures, mysterious firelight that flickers in the trees beyond the garden.

One night she ventures into the darkness of Nightingale Wood. What she finds there will change her whole world…

This is definitely a novel for children and adults, and I would recommend. Looking forward for more from this author.


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