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The Tale of Truthwater Lake: 'Absolutely gorgeous.' Hilary McKay

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Polly finds them playing games and trying to work out one of the novel’s mysteries: who places the yellow roses on the grave each month? Faber Members get access to live and online author events and receive regular e-newsletters with book previews, promotional offers, articles and quizzes.

Some of the sources now made public would've been top secret at the time, and certainly make for chilling reading! Set both in 2032 and 1952, the novel observes our interactions and relationships with our environment, as the villagers in 1952 see their homes intentionally flooded to make way for a reservoir, and the residents of 2032 face lockdowns owing to the heatwaves for as Polly, our main character, observes, ‘ …droughts in Sudan, rising sea levels in the Bahamas, footage of flooded homes and starving people and animals.Whilst on holiday, Polly notices that the water in the lake has evaporated and her aunt tells her that the lake is covering a lost village. The relationship between the characters is skillfully developed throughout the story and you are willing Polly towards solving the mystery of Truthwater Lake. They're both Jack Russell terriers, though one's smooth coated and the other rough ( Jack Russells come in all shapes and sizes.

A stay with their aunt Jess on the banks of Truthwater Lake reservoir promises a break for them both. I found myself routing for all the characters and found the themes of friendship, care of our world and climate change thought provoking.

is a very different world, but has its own threats, including the risk to Nellie’s beloved village of being flooded for a proposed reservoir. It was a stUnning experience reading this story in August 2022 as the headlines were arriving about record breaking heat and reservoirs around the UK drying up, and old buildings emerging from the water. Unusually, the story begins 10 years in the future where the impact of climate change is putting a strain on the planet.

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