House of Spies is a historical fiction book about a boy who has been evacuated during World War II. It was published in 2005, and was written by Griselda Gifford.
It's wartime Britain, and Pip has been evacuated to the country. In a remote farmhouse there is a foreign family thought to be enemy spies. As the bombs start to fall, the villagers get ever more suspicious of the supposed spies. And, over time, their suspicions slowly turn into anger...
I liked the book, it was a really good adventure story. It had a rather abrupt ending – I would have liked for the book to be longer. I think it needed to stop when the mystery was solved, not to go off on another thing, and then abruptly stop. The characters were good, but the book never told about Pip's father – there was a telegraph about him, and then nothing else happened. Overall, I enjoyed it, finding the World War II setting really good. (Olivia, age 13).
2. I thought it was a boring book, with no real story...
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- Reading Age: 9+
- Reading Aloud Age: 9+
Slight danger in the adventure stories might upset sensitive children. g Pip's dad is unfaithful to his wife (Pip's mother), but the theme is not particularly important.
Reasonably frequent use of "bloody", which is included as part of the World War II setting. Slightly unnecessary, though.