Delighted to bring you another great book today and a review by my 9 year old, Leo. He is an avid reader so when this one came up I had to say yes. I knew he would love it, partly because his name is the name of the title character!
It’s 1943 and young Leo tries to protect his disabled sister Ruby as the Nazis invade Italy. After his mother is arrested, he turns to Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty to save them. But he is no ordinary priest. Known as ‘The Pimpernel of the Vatican’, the Monsignor is the legendary organizer of the Rome Escape Line. Soon Leo is helping out with this secret network dedicated to saving the lives of escaped prisoners of war, partisans and Jews. But as the sinister Nazi leader Kappler closes in on the network, can Leo and his sister stay out of his evil clutches?
Name three words to describe this book
Because he has the same name as me!
Who would enjoy reading this?
Ste (Ste loves history so I think this is why he thought of him)
Other people called Leo
What I Thought About The Book
It was really exciting. I never wanted to put it down. 5 STARS!
As Leo gets older, the books he is enjoying are becoming more mature. We have spoken about the Second World War and what terrible things happened, so he is aware of the material written about in this book. I loved that this book introduced some of the realities of this, but as it was written for children, it was done in a way they could understand. Although the story is a work of fiction, it is based on true events and characters which I think is a great idea. I think good readers of Leo’s age and above would enjoy this book, as well as adults.
Every time I seemed to turn round Leo had this book in his hands, it really grabbed his attention and piqued his interest. We will definitely be looking out for other books by this author, a brilliant read and highly recommended by us!
Patricia Murphy is the bestselling author of The Easter Rising 1916 – Molly’s Diary and Dan’s Diary – the War of Independence 1920-22 published by Poolbeg.
She has also written the prize-winning “The Chingles” trilogy of children’s Celtic fantasy novels. Patricia is also an award winning Producer/Director of documentaries including Children of Helen House, the BBC series on a children’s hospice and Born to Be Different Channel 4’s flagship series following children born with disabilities. Many of her groundbreaking programmes are about children’s rights and topics such as growing up in care, crime and the criminal justice system. She has also made a number of history programmes including Worst Jobs in History with Tony Robinson for Channel 4 and has produced and directed films for the Open University.
Patricia grew up in Dublin and is a graduate in English and History from Trinity College Dublin and of Journalism at Dublin City University. She now lives in Oxford with her husband and young daughter.
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Good luck if you decide to enter the competition! I hope you enjoyed this review, it was something a little different but I think this is a fab book and will be getting the other books by this author for Leo. Leo has read so many books now, we love finding something new for him to tackle. Do you have any recommendations? Please let me know in the comments below!
Check out the other reviews of this book on the rest of the blog tour