The Most Dangerous Spy
Nancy Brown is an ordinary girl living in the industrial town of Orethorpe at the outbreak of the Second World War. Her life suddenly changes when she is told to report to the mysterious Megg House, and soon she finds herself caught up in a top-secret operation to find German spies operating in the town.
Seventy years later Arthur Lane is living in Orethorpe. By chance, he strikes up a friendship with an elderly man, Mr Smith. When a newspaper reporter turns up asking to interview Mr Smith about his role in the war, Arthur learns that Mr Smith has a deep secret. Can he discover what it is?
“The Most Dangerous Spy” switches between 1940, when a careless word can leave lives in peril, and 2010, when once-deadly knowledge – including the identity of ‘the most dangerous spy of all’ – can remain secret no longer.
About the Author:
Sharon Edwards works for the BBC. Her novel is aimed at 9-13 year-olds and is mainly set in the Second World War, although there is also a modern-day story that weaves through the novel. The two storylines come together at the end. The book is set in a Midlands industrial town in the UK where a young girl is recruited to help find German undercover agents in the town. She visits Bletchley Park as her intercepts end up there for decoding.
Excerpt from Book:
Nancy was staring at one man and then the other. What did they want with her and how did he know about her German lessons? It was then that the tall, thin man spoke for the first time.
“The country is at War, Miss Brown; you know that, of course,” he said, his tone gentle. “What you may not know is that England could be invaded by Hitler’s forces.” He suddenly walked over towards her, reached out to a spare chair in the corner of the room and slammed it down on the floor close to hers. He sat down and leant forward. “Hitler is coming, that’s a fact, but we want to stop him,” he said. “It’s our duty to stop him. It’s my duty and it’s your duty to do whatever we can to aid our own side in keeping the Germans at bay, and you can help us. Do you understand?”
“We want you to listen,” the older man explained, taking over from his colleague. “You know how to listen and goodness knows there aren’t enough of you. Nothing to do with running into a line of bullets or trying to get yourself blown up. It’s absurdly simple. We just want you to listen.”
Nancy looked at the faces bearing down on her. After a few moments she blurted out: “Listen to what?”
The older man leant in even closer, their faces almost touching. “Why, the Germans, of course, German spies.”
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The Morgana Chronicles: The Pen of Guinevere
The gates of hell open, and a thirteen-year-old girl is left in the graveyard. Who is she? What is she?
That is what she wants to know!
But all is not what is seems. Morgan is two people: a girl and a witch by the name of Morgana. She finds the land is very bright and colourful and does not wish to go back to hell – but the God of Purgatory wants her back.
Morgan has a job to do, and it means meeting witches, fairies, and other creatures in a world of magic and mayhem.
She wants love and wants to give it back, but it is all so muddled…
Excerpt from the book:
“As the baby girl slept, the Devil appeared. Red hot skin with horns on his head, he carried a staff with a skull and fiery red eyes as an aid. His appearance took Tanya aback as she stood at the doorway of the bedroom; when she looked at him, she felt as though he was burning a hole through her soul.
‘You are here,’ she whispered, glancing around the corridor to make sure no-one else was awake.
‘I am here for my prize,’ he growled deeply.
‘Take her,’ she replied coldly. ‘I have all that I need.’ The Devil picked the child up, wrapped in her pink blanket, and left.
Tanya too a deep breath and went back to bad as if nothing had happened, then lay down and fell into a deep and restful sleep.
The next morning, she went to the nursery and screamed to find one empty Moses basket.
That scream led to many years of hope that one day, the little girl would come home, and her family would finally be whole again. Because that morning, it broke apart…”
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