A secret symbol hidden in a stolen locket.
A desperate race through the bombed streets of Budapest.
Truths that must be unveiled.
It’s the year 2000. The international year of peace. Louie is nearly thirteen. She lives with her brothers Bert named after Albert Einstein and four year old superhero Teddy, in the Majestic Boutique Hotel run by their Hungarian grandparents. All seems peaceful, but there are dark undercurrents and baffling mysteries. The sudden appearance of the rose gold locket and a girl from the past opens the portal to a trail of clues, secrets and lies, spinning Louie and her brothers into a world at war. Budapest 1944 where they meet their grandparents as children.
In a breathtaking race for survival, they must discover the meaning of the locket, the secrets and heroism of the past. They must become heroes themselves, to right wrongs and bring change to the present and future.
This is a story that changes you forever as you challenge who you are and what you would do when faced with evil. Become heroes?
Cross over for Upper middle and YA - and for all ages.
book will enchant you with its mystery, excitement, adventure, and the
extraordinary courage of its characters. It will be impossible to stop reading,
and when you finish the book you’ll find the insights and compassion stay with
you always, as do those you have met within its pages. As Susanne weaves in
stories from her family’s secrets, she writes about the essence of humanity.’
French AM Australian Laureate 2014-2015
Senior Australian of the Year
"This is a personal story
that has huge meaning to all of us, beginning in a beautiful safe world which
turns suddenly to chaos and terror. A child discovers for herself that there is
history that can’t be hidden - it cries out in the darkness of secrets. But
it’s also a story of light and love and exceptional courage. The pages seemed
to turn by themselves. Please read it."
Ursula Dubosarsky Australian