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The Blitz Next Door

Cathy Forde


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Range: Kelpies Paperback 176 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782502036 Publication date: 16th July 2015
Genres: Adventure and Thriller, Historical Theme: Second World War Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
New Town. New Friend. New Ghost?

Forced to leave everything in London behind, Pete is starting a new life in Clydebank. On the bright side: there's a real-life bomb shelter in his garden, and he makes a new best friend to share it with. He'd even be OK with the girl next door crying all the time -- except there is no house next door…

It seems Beth has returned from the Second World War for a reason. Can Pete help her to solve a mystery that has lain hidden since the Clydebank Blitz?


'The story unfolds naturally, with enough tension to maintain readers’ interest and enough credibility to carry the plot.'
-- Kirkus

'An author who never disappoints.'
-- The Independent

'Catherine Forde's novels have the emotional impact of a clenched fist to the stomach.'
-- Achuka

'Eerie, exciting and emotional. I absolutely loved it.'
-- Andy Stanton, author

'There's drama and laughs, in fact everything you want in a book: delicious language, special characters and above all a story you won't forget.'
-- Graham Marks, author

'Another fantastically brilliant book by the fantastically brilliant Cathy Forde. The Blitz Next Door is simply perfect. Every word is a joy to read. No one writes like Cathy Forde -- she is, quite simply, the best.'
-- Kevin Brooks

'Blitz Next Door is not just about World War II and time travel, but about suffering, family, and friendship. It is sure to appeal to readers who are interested in quiet, emotional tales.'
-- Foreword Reviews

'A fascinating blend of realistic/historical fiction, fantasy and mystery. The way the author weaves her story makes even the supernatural parts almost believable. I can see this book being popular with my upper primary readers.'
-- Goodreads

Blitz Next Door


Cathy Forde is a prolific Scottish writer, who worked as a secondary-school English teacher before becoming an author. Her best-known book is Fat Boy Swim, which won the Grampian Award. She teaches creative writing workshops and was a writer-in-residence at Scottish Book Trust.

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