The Silver Hand

Terry Deary


Bloomsbury

July 2018

$14.99 AU

282p pb

ISBN: 978-1472929488

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The Silver Hand is set in 1918 towards the end of World War 1. Throughout the book it changes from perspective, it goes from Saint Quentin, Northern France where a young boy named Marius helps the sick, to Amiens, Northern France, where we get insight into how the Allied powers felt and what they did to win. Finally, to Bray, where it is home to the focus of the book, Aimee.

Aimee is a feisty French girl who isn't afraid to speak her mind. When the Germans make it to Bray she is set with a challenge: she meets a nice young boy, Maruis, who shows her how to help the injured. Can they be friends even though their nations are enemies?

The theme throughout the book is fear. Everyone in the book is in danger at all times, and though some of them are more aware of it than others, they are all putting their life on the line.

I believe the book is a very good and easy read, and it's nice to read a war book that isnít set necessarily on the front lines. It gives us insight into the spy network and has a nice underlining story of the unlikely friendship between enemies.

Isabella, age 13


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