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The Lighthouse Code
Ellie Booton's Journal, No. 2

Reading age 9 and up.

As the school year descends into winter, Ellie thinks it’s a good idea to audition for the school play. A red flash from the lighthouse seems to signal a warning. Gilby, a sly bully, creeps around like a dark force - and Juna, a shadow of a girl, hovers in the background. Cooper hunches his shoulders against the cold, ever watchful. And then there's flame haired Elsie: talented, pretty and vulnerable - a perfect target. Someone, somewhere is trying to get a message through - but what is it, and who is it for?

The Lighthouse Code is an adventure mystery full of captivating characters. Ellie’s journal gives her the space to voice her thoughts and concerns, and record conversations her parents would probably prefer she didn’t.
Suspenseful and occasionally very funny. A page turner.


  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Burdock House
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0993098406
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Ancient Mariner – TOP 500 Amazon reviewer

This second book in the series has a more focused plot, a message and a point of view. While there are side stories, some humorous set pieces, and some echoes of events from the first book, the main thrust of this story relates to bullying and the complicated process that kids go through in deciding how to react to, deal with, and report bullying... Added to that, some of the incidental sub-plots are a bit dark and add a hint of gloom and edginess to the early sections of the book. We all come out into the light by the end, but that doesn't feel like a sure thing at the outset.

All of that said, it is important to stress that Ellie Booton remains an engaging and sympathetic heroine. Her voice is strong and her observations are always interesting and well expressed.

The upshot is that this book is considerably more than a kids version of a village comedy of manners. This book makes a point and encourages one to think about bullying. It does so in a convincing fashion that feels authentic and avoids false steps or exaggeration. It's not that often that you find a middle grade book that is practical, pertinent, thought provoking, and engaging, but that's where I ended up as I read this book.





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