In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bombsite. But the two boys start to suspect all is not as it seems when one day Keith announces a disconcerting discovery: the Germans have infiltrated his own family. And when the secret underground world they have dreamed up emerges from the shadows they find themselves engulfed in mysteries far deeper and more painful than they had bargained for. Winner of the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award.
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In the quiet cul-de-sac where Keith and Stephen live, the only immediate signs of the Second World War are the blackout at night and a single random bomb site. But the two boys suspect that the ordinary houses in the Close and their inhabitants are not what they seen. As Keith, the leader, informs the trusting Stephen, the whole district is riddled with secret passages--hideaways for any number of murderers, unsung war heroes, and secret agents. Then one day Keith announces that the Germans have infiltrated his own family...Product Description:
It's wartime Britain, and Stephen's friend Keith makes the momentous announcement that his mother is a German spy. Determined to find the truth, the two boys begin to spy on the 'spy'. The boys discover that Keith's mother does have secrets to hide, but they are not the ones they had suspected. Ideal for critical analysis of a substantial piece of prose; vocabulary, narrative technique, rhetorical devices and moral depth. Whitbread / Costa Book Award winning title.
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