It’s 1939, war has broken out and things have changed at Highbury House. With a face appearing at the turret window, music mysteriously playing by itself and whispered voices in the attic, Justice Jones soon finds herself with yet another case to solve.
For Justice, the new school year begins with the realisation that things are going to be very different. Not only must the girls share their school with St Wilfred’s School for Boys, who have been evacuated from the city, but they have to adjust to the carrying of ‘scary-looking’ gas masks, black out blinds everywhere and completing domestic work, as the housemaids have joined the women’s forces. Justice jokes with her dad that, ‘nothing much happens at school,’ but little does she know, she is about to face a challenge like no other.
The text feels reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel with a young Miss Marple at the heart of the story; using her instincts to solve clues as well as her bravery and determination to overcome difficult situations. Children will relate to Justice because she faces challenges head on, has her fair share of setbacks, yet she perseveres and doesn’t give up. Together with her friends they are a formidable team and work together to get to the bottom of the strange goings on at Highbury House.
Although this is the fourth book in the series it can be read as a stand-alone novel. It would make a brilliant text to read for pleasure or to share with a class. Children will enjoy the suspense and no doubt have an opinion on who should or should not be trusted! The text provides some interesting facts about the war and how it affected day to day life. These are woven brilliantly into the story which will not force discussion but enable further enquiries to be made.
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