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Guest Post – Eloise Undercover Bibliography/Research by Sarah Baker

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?

ELOISE UNDERCOVER by Sarah Baker, out now in paperback (£6.99, Catnip)

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 !

Happy Reading!

Guest Post – My Five Last Reads by Sarah Baker


I am super excited to have the lovely Sarah Baker author of the wonderful Through The Mirror Door on Tales today .

Through The Mirror Door was released on the 7th July published by Catnip Publishing and I have heard the most amazing things about this book already!

So today Sarah Baker tells us her five last reads…..


Since the accident, Angela has been alone. When she is invited on holiday with her cousins, it is her chance to be part of a family again if she promises to behave herself. But secrets lie in the walls of the crumbling French holiday home and the forbidden rooms draw Angela in. Soon night-time footsteps, flickering candlelight and shadows in windows lead her to a boy who needs her help. To save him Angela must discover the truth about what happened in the house all those years ago . . . and face the terrible secret of her own past.

My Five Last Reads

The Crowham Martyrs by Jane McLoughlin


With a creepy gothic boarding school, a girl with unusual powers and a spine-tingling mystery, this book will keep you reading into the early hours. It’s a fantastic and genuinely scary story. I raced through it.

Captain Pug, The Dog who Sailed the Seas by Laura James


Pug is a rather wonderful character who enjoys jam tarts for breakfast (well, who doesn’t?) and seems to find himself on adventures quite by accident. It’s a fun read with plenty of humour and gorgeous illustrations by Eglantine Ceulemans.

The Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine


Orphan Sophie Turner has just taken a job in the millinery department at Sinclair’s, a shiny new department store, but things get off to a sticky start as the priceless Clockwork Sparrow is stolen right before the grand opening, and Sophie’s the lead suspect. She must use her wits and her friends to find the real culprit, save her job and the day. Grab yourself a cup of tea and an iced bun because you’ll enjoy this adventure.

Lying about Last Summer by Sue Wallman


This is the story of Skye who’s sent to a camp for grieving teens after losing her sister in an accident, but while she’s there she begins receiving text messages from her dead sibling. It’s a tense contemporary YA thriller that deals with bereavement in a very real and moving way. Unputdownable.

The Speed of Darkness by Catherine Fisher


The last in the Chronoptika Quartet and I am already a big fan. This ties up each story with all the magic, beauty and wit of the other books. It’s a captivating read and a series I know I’ll return to again and again. Time travel, science, magic and myth? I can’t recommend it more highly.


Through the Mirror Door by Sarah Baker (£6.99, Catnip)

You can buy a copy of Through The Mirror Door here or from your local bookshop

About Sarah Baker

SB author pic

I’m a children’s author. My first book, Through the Mirror Door, will be published by Catnip Books on 7th July, 2016. You can find out more about it here.

I used to work in film as a story editor where I did an awful lot of script and book reading (yay). I’ve also worked for Aardman Features and the Bermuda Film Festival and I’ve been a writer and blogger for vintage fashion magazines. You can read some of my pieces here.)

Once up on a time I used to review books, but now when I’m not writing, I’m usually reading.

I currently live in a book fort in London with my son.

You can find out more about about Sarah on her website – www.bysarahbaker.com

Or why not follow her on twitter – @bysarahbaker

A huge huge thank you to Sarah for for such a brilliant post and to Laura at Catnip Publishing for organising!

Have you read Through The Mirror Door?  What did you think?  Are you intrigued?  I would love to hear from you!  Why not leave a comment using the reply button at the top of this review or tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy!

Happy Reading!


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