The Lighthouse Code, Ellie Booton’s Journal No. 2

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The Lighthouse Code – Ellie Booton’s Journal, No. 2

A thoughtful mystery-adventure set by the seaside, narrated by Ellie Booton, a quirky eleven year old who knows, through experience, that life can be tricky.  “The first time I saw a red flash I wasn’t too worried – but red is a WARNING and I should have known better. BAD stuff was about to happen. I didn’t know who and I didn’t know why – but one thing was obvious – someone, somewhere was trying to get a message through. NIGHTMARE!”

Published: April 2015
Paperback: 189 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9930984-0-6
Book size: 128.5mm  x 198.3mm

Reading age: 9 to 99+

Product Description

Paperback: 189 pages
[This book is also available on Kindle, via Amazon]
ISBN: 978-0-9930984-0-6
Published by Burdock House
Book size: 128.5mm  x 198.3mm

Reading age: 9 to 99+

Set at the seaside, this atmospheric mystery-adventure is narrated by eleven year old, Ellie Booton, a quirky kid who has never quite fitted in. Ellie’s world becomes complicated when the lighthouse flashes a coded message at the same time that her best friend, Elsie, becomes the focus of a bully. A sense of loyalty serves to isolate Ellie and her friends even more, unwittingly putting them all in harm’s way.

This thought provoking, paced, and often funny story sees Ellie and her friends struggle to recognise the signs of danger and of redemption, while the adults don’t seem to have their act together either.

Where do the grown-ups fit in to this mystery? Will Ellie and her friends solve the lighthouse code before it’s too late?



Additional Information

Weight 240 g
Dimensions 12.85 x 19.83 x 1.5 cm

1 review for The Lighthouse Code, Ellie Booton’s Journal No. 2

  1. 4 out of 5


    A Calm, Measured and Insightful Look At Bullying (and Life)
    By Ancient Mariner TOP 500 REVIEWER

    This is the second Ellie Booton book and it differs considerably from the first. Book one, “Trouble at the Crab Shack Café: Ellie Booton’s Journal, No. 1”, features young Ellie Booton. In it she recounts the events of a tumultuous summer in her little village. It’s funny and insightful and introduces an endearing and perceptive new heroine in the person of Ellie Booton. There are many story lines, but the book is episodic and mostly tied together by the overlapping and interconnected lives of the people in Ellie’s village and the members of Ellie’s family. Ellie sees a lot and understands most of what she sees, while we understand the rest of it.

    This second book in the series has a more focused plot, a message and a point of view. While there are side stories, some humorous set pieces, and some echoes of events from the first book, the main thrust of this story relates to bullying and the complicated process that kids go through in deciding how to react to, deal with, and report bullying.

    While book one was mainly a cheerful lark, this book falls mostly into the category of a “problem book”. That’s not at all a bad thing, (and a book that addresses bullying in a realistic way is always welcome), but it does make this a different reading experience. Added to that, some of the incidental sub-plots are a bit dark and add a hint of gloom and edginess to the early sections of the book. We all come out into the light by the end, but that doesn’t feel like a sure thing at the outset.

    All of that said, it is important to stress that Ellie Booton remains an engaging and sympathetic heroine. Her voice is strong and her observations are always interesting and well expressed. Also, a number of characters from the first book, (especially Grandma and Ellie’s brother’s girlfriend Susannah), continue as strong, appealing and wise/comforting presences. Ellie’s friends also distinguish themselves. While they are sometimes confused or indecisive, they are also bright, thoughtful, loyal and sensitive.

    Of the two main points that I took from the book , the first was a better understanding of how and why kids can convince themselves to keep silent about bullying. The second was an appreciation of how alert adults can cut through that silence and release the kids from their quandary.

    The upshot is that this book is considerably more than a kids version of a village comedy of manners. This book makes a point and encourages one to think about bullying. It does so in a convincing fashion that feels authentic and avoids false steps or exaggeration. It’s not that often that you find a middle grade book that is practical, pertinent, thought provoking, and engaging, but that’s where I ended up as I read this book.

    Please note that I found this book by searching Amazon KindleUnlimited free downloads. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

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