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In a time of war, how much would you risk to help a friend? When Johnny Dunne isn’t working at Balbriggan’s Mill Hotel, he’s hanging out with his friends, Alice and Stella. They come from different backgrounds: Johnny had a harsh childhood in an orphanage, while Alice is the daughter of the hotel owner and Stella grew up on the local RAF base. But they’re inseparable, living at the hotel and playing together in the town band. Now the War of Independence is raging, and loyalties are being tested. Stella is pro-British, Johnny wants Irish independence and Alice is on the fence. But Johnny has a secret: he’s spying for the IRA. And when he ends up in deadly danger, the others must make choices that threaten their own lives…

  • A heartwrenching story of war, friendship and danger
  • Brilliant, compelling stuff that is deservedly acclaimed
  • Brian Gallaghar is a top author of Irish historical fiction
  • His other books include Friend or Foe? and Arrivals

“The divisions in society are perfectly mirrored in the three main characters.” Irish Examiner

“Compellingly written, with great empathy and insight, this is an excellent read.” Parents in Touch

Product Details

Catalogue number

3046 in Primary Schools Catalogue 2019/20






O'Brien Press Ltd

Date published

August 3rd, 2017

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.6; Middle years plus; 8.0 points

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  • 256 pages


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