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Summary

The five children have grown up, and World War I has begun in earnest. The sand fairy has become a creature of stories...until, for the first time in 10 years, he suddenly reappears.

Before this last adventure ends, all will be changed; the two younger children will have seen the Great War from every possible viewpoint, and the war's impact will be felt right at the heart of their family.

©2014 Kate Saunders (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Saunders has created a simply brilliant book.... E. Nesbit would be proud and honoured by this beautifully crafted, funny, heart-breaking story." ( Daily Mail)
"Saunders's novel does what fiction does best: it focuses on individuals we care about in order to make a universal point." ( Guardian)

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A wonderful book

It is so rare to find a sequel to a great series of books which really works. Beautifully crafted and presented,

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stereotypes can get annoying

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not for me and (if I could influence my children...) I wouldn't let them near it.

What could Kate Saunders have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Hold back on the stereotypes - come on Kate!

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jilly Bond?

The frightfully posh voice was probably suitable for the book

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I was hopeful that someone could come up with a child's-eye view of the pre-war and WW1 years - so marks for trying!

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  • 06-04-18

Not quite what I expected

It took two starts to get into and understands the story. I began the book while working work students, my attention was divided, so I could not get into the story. I put it away and began over spring break. Much better once you understand what is going on. Definitely should read the first book in the series.