Author(s): Mal Peet
A thrilling and moving story about love, betrayal and belonging. When Tamar's grandfather, an intensely private man, falls from a balcony to his death, he leaves behind a box with Tamar's name on it. For a long time Tamar refuses even to think about it...until one hot June day she opens it to reveal a series of clues and hidden messages from her grandfather. She and her cousin Johannes follow the clues and discover that her name also belonged to someone else over half a century before; someone involved in the terrifying world of resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied Holland during the Second World War. As she pieces together the mystery her grandfather left behind, another Tamar's story is unravelled; a story of passionate love, jealousy and tragedy played out amongst the daily fear and horror of war.
Mal Peet, author and illustrator, has produced over 60 non-fiction and picture books for children with his wife, Elspeth Graha. Author of the 2004 Branford-Boase Award-winning "Keeper", Mal is an illustrator for magazines such as Time Out and Private Eye, and divides his time between Norfolk and Devon.