The Messenger Bird

The truth can be a dangerous thing

Author: Ruth Eastham

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Age range: 8–12

Paperback publication date: 03 May 2018

Paperback ISBN: 9781911342595

Nathan doesn’t know who he can trust. With enemies on all sides, he faces a race against time to get his dad out of prison and solve a mystery. Set around the top-secret Second World War codebreaking site Bletchley Park, The Messenger Bird is the gripping children’s thriller from Ruth Eastham, award-winning author of The Memory Cage.

'Absolutely fascinating, completely thought provoking.' - Books for Teens

'Pacy and engaging.' - Book Trust

Enemies on all sides.

Nathan doesn't know who he can trust.

It's a race against time.

Get Dad out of prison.

Mend a broken family.

And solve the mystery of the messenger bird.

Set around the top-secret Second World War codebreaking site Bletchley Park, The Messenger Bird is the gripping children's thriller from Ruth Eastham, award-winning author of The Memory Cage.

Ruth Eastham is an award-winning author from the UK. Her debut novel, The Memory Cage, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, and won the Inspiration Book Award. Teachers voted it best story in the UK Literacy Association Book Award, and it won and was shortlisted for many other regional prizes. The Memory Cage was also nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Her second book, The Messenger Bird, won and was shortlisted for many local authority book prizes and its Enigma Code themes made it a featured book at the famous Bletchley Park. Ruth is a popular speaker in schools in the UK and abroad, fascinating children with the real-life mysteries and dramas behind these and her other books Arrowhead and The Warrior in the Mist. Ruth has lived in New Zealand, Australia and Italy and has two daughters.

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