Binny in Secret by Hilary McKay
Hodder ISBN 9781444913408
The holidays are over and it's back to school. Binny hates everything about it so when a storm damages their house and they have to move Binny hopes to escape from school - but not for long. When one of the chickens disappears and Binny finds strange footprints she has a mystery to solve. It would be so much easier if she had a friend. Binny's story is interwoven with a tale of three children in the same area a hundred years ago who have to face the onset of war. This is a fantastic book in which the characters' hopes, thoughts and worries are captured brilliantly. It is a real page-turner, a lot of the time very funny but also poignant.