Whistling in the Dark

By Shirley Hughes

In the hardship of war, everything is rationed – except true friendship. Second novel from Shirley Hughes, set in Britain in WWII

From much-loved author Shirley Hughes comes a compelling World War Two wartime adventure for readers aged 10+ set during the Liverpool Blitz. In the hardship of war, everything is rationed – except true friendship. Joan and best friend Doreen love going to the cinema until the Blitz intensifies and then even that becomes too dangerous, especially when an army deserter is found lurking near their home. Who is he and why does he think Joan can help him? As the Blitz worsens, Joan and her friends make a discovery that will tear the whole community apart… Check out the website for the historical background to the story:

  • Linked website ( with historical details about Britain during the Second World War, including period photographs, information about rationing and the Blitz, along with an interview with Shirley Hughes, extra illustrations, and much more.
  • Whistling in the Dark is Shirley Hughes second novel. Her first, Hero on a Bicycle, was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award and longlisted for the 2013 Carnegie Medal in the UK. In the US, it won the 2014 Museum of Tolerance: Once Upon a World of Children s Book Award in the Older Readers category. The Times said it has all of the vigour, charm and excitement of a new classic.

About the author

Shirley Hughes has illustrated more than 200 children’s books and is one of the best-loved writers for children. She has won the Kate Greenaway Medal twice, with Dogger being voted the UK's favourite Kate Greenaway Medal-winning book of all time. Shirley has been awarded an OBE for her distinguished service to children's literature. She also won the inaugural Book Trust Lifetime Achievement Award. Shirley lives in London.

ISBN: 9781406365696
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: August 1, 2016
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 240pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $18.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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