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Angel of Grasmere

"A powerful Lake District story of family, community and kindness in wartime Britain."

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May 2024 Book of the Month | Interest Age 9+ Reading Age 8

Surrounded by fells and farms Tarn lives in the Lake District village of Grasmere; World War Two rages far away, but its impact is felt throughout her small community. Tarn and her friends spend their days studying the skies above the fells searching for early signs of the much-feared Nazi invasion. Whilst silently Tarn mourns for her adored older brother, killed at Dunkirk. Meanwhile, a strange, reclusive young man haunts the hills high above them, too traumatised to reveal himself but deeply connected to the village and its residents.

The third in Palmer’s much loved World War Two Lakeland series, and possibly the best yet. Full of heart, wisdom and kindness, this is a book that young readers will adore. Published by Barrington Stoke, the accessible format with cream pages and dyslexia-friendly font opens up Tarn’s world to struggling and non-traditional readers. Whilst the powerful storytelling never condescends, instead offering a full and heartfelt story alive with vibrant characters.

Highlighting the long-lasting pain and mental anguish experienced by young soldiers after the Dunkirk retreat, Angel of Grasmere offers a fresh look at a huge historical event. At the same time, we see the impact experienced by those left at home, struggling to survive whilst missing loved ones. As the story progresses from 1939 to 1942 village life and the impact of the war is expertly brought to life, alongside a deeper story of the importance of love, compassion and humanity.

Sure to become a firm favourite, this is a skilful and engrossing tale of wartime rural life.

Amy McKay

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