I am always captivated by stories set in the war especially WWII so when this little gem dropped on my doorstep a couple of weeks ago I was super excited!
Eloise Undercover by Sarah Baker was released on the 7th September by Catnip Books and I literally cannot wait to get started!
And today I have the lovely lady herself sharing some research and recommending some books in this fab guest post!
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?
When it came to Eloise Undercover, I wanted to get the setting right, or as right as possible. I did an awful lot of research on the internet, spent quality time at the Imperial War Museum, asked my Dad many, many questions (he’s an unofficial WW2 expert) and read a fair few books. Here are some of my recommendations, or a further reading list, if you prefer.
You’ll note some are reference books and others are YA, middle-grade or younger. They’re not in any particular order. I recommend them all.
Sisterland by Linda Newbery
Sophie Scholl and the White Rose by Annette Dumbach & Jud Newborn
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Last Train From Kummersdorf by Leslie Wilson
Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden
The Lion and the Unicorn by Shirley Hughes
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr
The Earth is Singing by Vanessa Curtis
The Silver Donkey by Sonya Hartnett
The Midnight Zoo by Sonya Hartnett
The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
Land Girl Manual, 1941 by W.E. Shewell Cooper
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
The Heroines of SOE (Britain’s Secret Women in France – F Section) by Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott
The Snow Goose by John Gallico
What do you think? Have I missed an important read? What books set during WW2 would you recommend?
You can buy a copy here or from your local bookshop
About Sarah Baker
Sarah Baker is a children’s writer based in London. Her previous book, Through the Mirror Door, has been very well received by bloggers, bookshops and readers. Sarah has worked extensively in film, with roles at Aardman Features, the Bermuda Film Festival and as Story Editor at Celador Films. She writes guest features for a number of online magazines and blogs, including the popular #vintage baker finds pieces for Bristol Vintage. ELOISE UNDERCOVER is Sarah’s second novel.
You can find out more about Sarah Baker on her website – www.bysarahbaker.com
Or why not follow her on twitter – @bysarahbaker
A huge thank you to Sarah for a fab guest post and to Laura at Catnip for asking me to host.
Have you read Eloise Undercover Did you enjoy? What did you love about it? Are there any WWII books that you would recommend? I would love to hear from you! Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of the post or tweet me on twitter using @ChelleyToy !