A debut novel about one girl's remarkable journey across France during WWI.
France 1916. Angelique Lacroix is haymaking when the postman delivers the news: her father is dead, killed on a distant battlefield. She makes herself a promise: the farm will remain exactly the same until her beloved older brother comes home from the Front. "I think of it like a magical spell. If I can stop time, if nothing ever changes, then maybe he won't change either." But a storm ruins the harvest, her mother falls ill and then the requisition appears... In a last-ditch attempt to save the farm from bankruptcy, Angelique embarks on a journey across France with her brother's flock of magnificent Toulouse geese.
"House is a wonderful storyteller, combining simple prose with a relish for domestic detail. This is a story that young readers will remember long after GCSE timelines have been forgotten." The Telegraph