In the aftermath of World War One, everyone is trying to rebuild their lives. If Ben is to avoid being sent back to the orphanage, he needs to find his brother Sam, wounded in action and is now missing. Lotti’s horrible aunt and uncle want to send her away to boarding-school (when she has just so successfully managed to get expelled from her last one!) And Clara, their young teacher, is waiting for news of her missing fiancé.
Just as they think they’ve found their feet in the new order, disaster strikes, and Lotti and Ben must get away. And so they hatch a plan – to cross the Channel on Ben’s narrowboat and find Sam. And there’s something in France that Lotti is looking for, too . . .
Buffeted by storms, chased by the police, Lotti, Ben, Clara and a growing number of dogs set out on an epic journey, on the search for lost loved ones and a place to call home.
Natasha Farrant is the Costa award-winning author of Voyage of the Sparrowhawk, The Children of Castle Rock, Eight Princesses and a Magic Mirror which was a Guardian Book of the Year, the acclaimed teen Bluebell Gadsby series and Carnegie-longlisted and Branford-Boase shortlisted YA historical novel, The Things We Did For Love. She has worked in children’s publishing for thirty years, twenty of which as a literary scout. Three-quarters French, an eighth Dutch and an eighth English, she was born and raised in London, where she still lives with her family. Her favourite things to do when not reading or making up stories is to walk by the sea or in woods, usually looking at birds.
Photo credit: Red Photography
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