Synopsis: MAY, 1910. As the blazing Halley’s comet draws close to the earth, Nancy is uprooted to start a new life in Suffolk with a grandfather she has never met. With every curtain drawn shut, Nancy is forbidden from leaving her grandfather’s house: no one must know that her or her mother are there.

Yet, when Nancy discovers the house’s secret observatory, she watches her mother and grandfather creep out every night… Where are they going? And why mustn’t any of them be seen? As the mysteries pile up, Nancy has to bring dark secrets from the past to light – even if doing so will put her own life at risk.

Release Date: 8th July 2021

Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery, Historical, Science/Space,

Pages: 352

Thank you so much to Usborne Books and netgalley for the earc to read and review.

Review: The story follows Nancy and her sister violet during 1910 as the Halley’s Comet is coming. Her mum filled with hidden secrets uproots the girls to stay with a strange grandpa they’d never known about before.

This was such an exciting book and had so many secrets and lies to unravel whilst reading, strong children who stand up for themselves, family mystery, overcoming bullying and honestly so much more. I really loved our leading lady she was very deterred, brave and stood up for what was truly right she’s an amazing protagonist.

The Halley’s Comet is something I knew nothing about at all so was intrigued from the start, I loved reading how the author used different views and experiences for how people reacted to it passing by earth, some were fearful, some were precaution-ate and others adored and celebrated it.

I really enjoyed reading this book and know it’s a book that older middle grade readers would really enjoy and get so immersed into and just want to figure out all the answers to what is really going on.

About Author: After completing a BA and MA at the University of Manchester, A.M Howell now writes policy documents for local government. In 2015, she was one of 15 writers selected to take part in the Curtis Brown Creative Writing for Children Course, tutored by children’s author Catherine Johnson. A.M. Howell lives in Suffolk with her husband and two sons. Her debut novel, The Garden of Lost Secrets published to widespread critical acclaim.


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