The Ministry of Unladylike Activity by Robin Stevens
Robin Stevens is definitely an Agatha Christie for children. It is 1940 and Britain is at war; a secret arm of the British government called the Ministry of Unladylike Activity is training up spies. But when May and friend Eric are turned away by the Ministry, they take matters into their own hands.
Masquerading as evacuees, they travel to Elysium Hall, home to the wealthy Verey family – including snobby, dramatic Nuala. They suspect that one of the Vereys is passing information to Germany. If they can prove it, the Ministry will have to take them on.
The Ones That Disappeared by Zaha Fraillon
From the author who wrote ‘The Bone Sparrow’, this is a poignant novel about child trafficking and the search for freedom.
Kept by a ruthless gang, three children manage to escape from slavery. But freedom isn’t just waiting on the outside.
Separated, scared and looking after a small child, Esra will do whatever she can to reunite with her friend Miran, who was captured by the police – the police who she mustn’t trust.