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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Valley of Lost Secrets by Lesley Parr, read by Iestyn Arwel. 

September, 1939. 

When Jimmy is evacuated to a small village in Wales, it couldn’t be more different from London. Green, quiet and full of strangers, he instantly feels out of place. 

But then he finds a skull hidden in a tree, and suddenly the valley is more frightening than the war. Who can Jimmy trust? His brother is too little; his best friend has changed. 

Finding an ally in someone he never expects, they set out together to uncover the secrets that lie with the skull. What they discover will change Jimmy - and the village - forever.

A mesmerising mystery about bravery and brotherhood from an outstanding new voice.

©2021 Lesley Parr (P)2021 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"With echoes of Carrie's War and Goodnight Mister Tom, Parr brings her own fresh voice to what already feels like a wartime classic. This story is quietly brutal and brilliantly heartfelt. I absolutely adored it." (Emma Carroll)

"Evocative and heartfelt, The Valley of Lost Secrets already reads like a classic. A celebration of kindness and friendship at a time of upheaval, it's gripping, heart-breaking and yet full of hope. I loved it with all my heart." (Liz Hyder, author of Bearmouth)

"An evacuee story with all the makings of a classic." (Anna Fargher, author of The Umbrella Mouse)

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Meh...

The title does not reflect the story. Boring. Poorly constructed. Don't bother. Narration no better.

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Beautiful poignant story

Excellently written book. Really cared about what would happen to the characters. Loved the relationships between them and how they developed.

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Not just for children!

I love to occasionally read a 'childrens' book, I find they are very well written. This one flows brilliantly, and the storyline is wonderful. it will make you laugh, it will make you cry, but most of all it's simply a great listen.

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Super UKS2 whole class read!

This is a lovely story, packed with characters readers can relate to. There are serious themes, but they are written beautifully for UKS2 children. Loved this book!

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Great first novel

I came across this by chance on Audible, having never heard of the book or author. Both me and my 8 year old son thoroughly enjoyed it. It has interesting and believable characters and a great story. I see its only newly released in print form as well and hope it becomes a best-seller.