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The Apple Spy

The Apple Spy

About the Book

Author: Terry Deary

Age Range: 5-7 Years 7-11 Years

Publisher: A&C Black

Price: £4.99, paperback

Review

Following on from his 2014 series of World War I tales, Terry Deary has now turned his considerable narrative talents to events that took place between 1940 and 1945. The Apple Spy retells the extraordinary true story of twins Jamie and Marie, who realise that the suspicious strangers they see at the railway station in their little Scottish village are, in fact, German spies. With courage, determination, and a healthy dose of disobedience, the young siblings alert the authorities, dodge assassination, and track down the one who very nearly gets away. It’s thrilling stuff, based on meticulous research – but still as colourful and irreverent as you would expect from the author of Horrible Histories. Perfectly pitched for independent readers in lower KS2, and written with the clear aim of supporting the new history curriculum, this book – along with the others in the series – would be ideal for comprehension work, and a great prompt for creative writing; why not see if pupils can produce a play script based on the plot?

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