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Peter Bunzl
Barrington Stoke Ltd
ISBN: 9781781129180

Featherlight by Peter Bunzl, author of The Cogheart series, is a story that brings myths to life.

Deryn, the lighthouse keeper's daughter, is now the lighthouse keeper. She needs to keep the lamp lit to allow boats and fisherman safe passage. The rocks nearby are treacherous.

When her pregnant mother leaves for the mainland, accompanied by Deryn's dad, to seek help in birthing the new baby, Deryn is left alone for the first time. The responsibility falls heavily on her shoulders.

One fateful night, the light goes out. There is no oil left in the reservoir and there is a boat heading straight for the rocks. Deryn turns to an unusual source to light the lamp. Will she be able to keep the lantern lit through the dark, fateful night?

With themes of survival, empathy and friendship told through the eyes of a young girl manning a lighthouse, this book would be a great support in the teaching of light, lighthouses and the dangers of the sea. I would recommend it to lower KS2 (Y3 or Y4).

80 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Kelly Buxton, teacher


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