When Josie goes to stay with her cousin Edith, she's glad to be starting a new life away from the shame that has haunted her family since her brother refused to fight in the war. But Edith's friends keep teasing a shy classmate, and when the bullying gets out of hand, Josie faces a dilemma: if she takes a stand, will Edith tell everyone her secret?
Ann Turnbull knew from an early age that she wanted to be a writer. After working as a secretary for many years, Ann returned to studying and started to train as a teacher. It was then that she rediscovered children's literature and began writing for children herself. Her first novel was published in 1974 and she is has now written more than thirty books for children and young adults, with shortlistings for the Guardian Children's Book Prize and the Whitbread Children's Book Award.