Angel of Grasmere

Tom Palmer

Another fantastic WWII story from the pen of Tom Palmer and published by Barrington Stoke who excel in producing high quality books for dyslexic or reluctant readers.

This is the third book set in the Lake District and tells the poignant story of Tarn, whose beloved brother Joss was lost in the horrors at Dunkirk. Tarn struggles with her grief but tries to face it bravely by spending time in the fells with her friends as they  watch out for the dreaded Nazi invasion.

As time drags on Tarn’s small village begins to notice small acts of kindness done anonymously which helps lift the community spirit. No one knows who is responsible and when they find out there is a question about how they will react.

Everything Tom Palmer writes is wonderful. I loved the plot, and the sensitive but frank way he writes about some of the atrocities.  I also really enjoyed the references to Dorothy Wordsworth who I hope will be looked up by some readers.

The dyslexia friendly font and spacing, combined with the illustrations that bordered the bottom of each page make this a visualising appealing book as well. As ever this comes highly recommended.

Published by Barrington Stoke, 2024

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton