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The Valley of Lost Secrets

September 1939.

When Jimmy is evacuated to a small village in Wales, it couldn't be more different from London. Green, quiet and full of strangers, he instantly feels out of place. 

But then he finds a skull hidden in a tree, and suddenly the valley is more frightening than the war. Who can Jimmy trust? His brother is too little; his best friend has changed.

Finding an ally in someone he never expects, they set out together to uncover the secrets that lie with the skull. What they discover will change Jimmy - and the village - forever.


The Valley of Lost Secrets

Waterstones Children's Book of the Month

Book of the Week, The Sunday Times

Best Books Round Up, The Guardian

Top Pick, Irish Independent



Carnegie Medal

Branford Boase Award



Tir na-Nog

Awesome Book Awards

Spark! Book Awards

East Sussex Children's Book Award

Warwickshire Junior Book Award



King's School Book Awards


'Beautifully told. This appealing book is about losses healed, lies uncovered, cruelty defeated and goodness rewarded.' - The Sunday Times

'Atmospheric, direct and gripping, with a superbly assured narrative voice, this book is woven through with powerful themes: grief, belonging and making peace with the past.' - The Guardian

'With echoes of Carrie's War, and Goodnight Mister Tom, Parr brings her own fresh voice to what already feels like a wartime classic. This story is quietly brutal and brilliantly heartfelt. I absolutely ADORED it.' - Emma Carroll

'Evocative and heartfelt, The Valley of Lost Secrets already reads like a classic. A celebration of kindness and friendship at a time of upheaval, it's gripping, heart-breaking and yet full of hope. I loved it with all my heart.' - Liz Hyder

'A great book. A real gripping, engaging story, with a nice heart of darkness.' - A.F. Harrold

Books: Work

When The War Came Home

Book of the Month, The Bookseller

Book of the Week, Sunday Times

Books: Welcome

The First World War has ended, but it hasn't gone away.
When Natty has to move to a new village, she meets two young soldiers who are still battling the effects of war. Huw can't forget the terrible things he's seen, but Johnny doesn't even remember who he is.
As Natty tries to keep a secret and unravel a mystery, she finds her own way to fight for what she believes in – and learns that some things should never be forgotten …

Books: About
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