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The Messenger Bird

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Nathan's father has been arrested. He works for the Ministry of Defence and is accused of leaking top secret information. But as he is dragged into a police car, he gives Nathan a message. It leads to a riddle, but it's not from Dad. It's from Lily Wilson, and was written in 1940.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published May 2012 by Scholastic
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Alex Baugh
Oct 23, 2013 Alex Baugh rated it really liked it
Shelves: world-war-2
It's bonfire and housewarming night for Nathan Vane, 12, and his family. All the excitement and people accounts for why he didn't notice the two men in suits until his dad did and then, before Nat knew it, they had arrested his dad. But just before that, Nat's dad gives him a very cryptic message to follow Lily's trail. But who is Lily and where was her trail? He also tells Nat not to trust anyone, or tell them anything about the mystery he needs to solve now for his dad, not even his mother - ...more
Rhondda Powling
Jul 16, 2013 Rhondda Powling rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read by Ruth Eastham and I appreciate how she intertwines a modern-day narrative with historical ideas and events in a very seamless way. Nathan, the main character, is very ordinary and likeable as are his friends and the rest of his family.
The story starts when Nathan's dad is arrested for breaking the Official Secrets Act. He works for the Ministry of Defence and is accused of leaking top-secret information. As he is dragged into a police car he leaves Nathan a
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Kirsty (overflowing library)
The Messenger Bird is everything I have come to expect from a Ruth Eastham novel after reading and enjoying her first novel The Memory Cage last year. The book intertwines a modern day narrative with historical ideas and events, it has a main character you warm to and engage with and a storyline which is full of heart. I really enjoyed reading it.

I enjoyed this book in three different ways:

As a reader of a wide variety of YA I enjoyed it as it was pacey with some interesting twists and character
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Reece
Jan 09, 2013 Reece rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Reece by: Lancashire Book Of The Year
Nathan's father has been arrested. He works for the Ministry of Defence and is accused of leaking top secret information. But as he is dragged into a police car, he gives Nathan a message. It leads to a riddle, but it's not from Dad. It's from an ex-Bletchley Park employee, Lily Kenley, and was written in 1940. Nathan begins to follow the clues left behind by Lily. Hope for Dad's appeal is fading fast. He must solve the puzzle


What I thought about this book (my likes/dislikes and feelings):
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The Book Review Library
I found out about this book through an Amazon suggestion - I really had no idea what it would be like, but it looked pretty good, and interesting too.

And it didn't dissapoint! It's very fast paced, with the excitement starting in the first chapter - but this didn't make it hard to understand at all. I loved how Nathan, the main character, had to find and work out clues to help save his dad from prison. It really added mystery to the book, and it made me want to carry on reading to see where the
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Ni
Feb 26, 2013 Ni rated it really liked it
Ruth Eastham's books are fun to read. This is an artfully constructed page-turner. The prose slides by with lots of original phrases. It's well-researched with distinct characters, Josh is my favourite, and the family settings are well done. The intelligence service is both sinister and efficient so our three main characters have to work quickly to solve the enigmatic puzzle. One of the most enjoyable books of the year. So why withhold a star? Lily's story is fascinating but its link with the ...more
Tiff
Jun 25, 2013 Tiff rated it liked it
Nathan's father is arrested for selling Government information and breaking the Official Secrets Act. As police drag him away, he shouts back at Nathan to "follow Lily's trail". The trail leads Nathan to Bletchley Park during World War II. How will this help him save his father? Read it and find out!

Ruth Eastham, of 'The Memory Cage' fame, has written another wonderful junior fiction novel full of adventure and mystery. i love the strong bond between Nathan and his dad. Look out for the tense ex
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Heather
Jul 01, 2016 Heather rated it liked it
This is the story of Tamara, a young teenager suffering from the death of her beloved, older brother. With the help of Gavin, who works for Tamara's father and Nathaniel, a mysterious boy from the past, Tamara gradually learns to live again.

"The Messenger Bird" is a gentle story with a nice touch of time travel woven through it. The chapters alternate between Tamara and Gavin, with the occasional chapter going back in time to allow the reader to further understand Nathaniel's story. Music plays
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Leigh
Jan 23, 2014 Leigh rated it really liked it
Nathan's dad has been arrested for breaking the Official Secrets Act. Before he is taken away, Nathan's dad gives him a clue so he can start solving the mystery and prove his dad is innocent. How Nathan goes about this is gripping. This is a great read - very exciting and made me want to find out more about Bletchley Park and the work done there during World War 2.
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This is a gripping story about a boy whose father is arrested for selling secrets leaving Nathan with the task of proving his innocence. With the help of some clues relating to a WW1 decoder at Bletchley Park and the assistance of his true friends Nathan sets out to do just that.
Panda
Feb 07, 2016 Panda rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Panda by: Amanda
Shelves: history, world-war
This book is amazing! I loved the story of this book, and the easy to understand format. My favorite part was (view spoiler)
Amy
Feb 12, 2013 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: teenage-fiction
A boy's father is charged with breaking the Official Secrets Act. He follows clues to prove his father's innocence, intertwining the tale with that of a Bletchley Park worker in 1940. Strong concept, frustrating writing e.g. needless repetition of the "corrupt staff".
Nova
Jan 26, 2014 Nova rated it liked it
This is a good read for 10 to 14 year olds. Nat's dad has been arrested for selling military secrets to the enemy and it is up to Nat to find the evidence to clear his name. Just before his dad is taken away he gives Nat a few cryptic clues to follow a 50 year old trail.
Amy-Jo
May 20, 2015 Amy-Jo rated it really liked it
Really good book! Bit of a slow read for me because I am a slow reader anyone but anyone who can finish a book overnight will love it!
Elizabeth Beverley
Apr 20, 2014 Elizabeth Beverley rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story, I loved Nathan's journey & how he saved his dad & cracked the code. Brilliant read, really good for 9+
Dhanu
Jan 20, 2013 Dhanu rated it it was amazing
I loved it so much And it's one of my favourites now. I think people should read this book at least once.
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