At the Firefly Gate

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Random House Children's Books, Mar 13, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 160 pages
16 Reviews
Henry has always felt like an outsider and things are about to get worse when his family moves to the countryside and the prospect of a new school looms. He retreats more and more into his shell, until he meets Dottie, a frail old lady, who has tremendous spirit. He feels as though he knows her, as though they have been friends for many years. And as she tells him about her wartime romance with a Royal Air Force navigator also named Henry, our Henry is drawn into that world. In a series of mysterious, sometimes frightening events he re-enacts Henry's life . . . and learns that despite being dreadfully afraid, Henry acted heroically at the cost of his own life. Only our Henry knows the true story and it shows him a way through his own self-doubts and misgivings.

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User Review  - Shahna - Goodreads

I like Henry. He sounds like a good kid. This story made me sad. Near the end. Was not expecting it! gah! I wouldn't really consider this a ghost story. It doesn't feel like one. I like books with WWII elements in them. I don't know why. Read full review

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User Review  - Cynthia - Goodreads

I thought this was a wonderful novel. I wasn't sure how the couple was going to get back together or meet again. Read full review


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Linda Newbery is the acclaimed author of Sisterland, The Shell House, and Set in Stone. She lives in Northamptonshire with her husband and three cats.

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