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At the Firefly Gate by Linda Newbery

At the Firefly Gate

by Linda Newbery

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When Henry moves from the city to a small town, he meets new neighbors, including an eerie man who stands outside the gate each night. As the spring turns to summer, Henry has dreams and something like visions about another Henry, who was a WWII flyer and loved Dottie, a sweet old lady who lives next door. Henry also meets kids from his own age -- and era -- some nice (Simon!) and some challenging (Grace!) ( )
  GlencoeKids | Sep 14, 2007 |
Henry is not happy when his family moves from London out into the country. He doesn't think he will make any friends, until he meets Dottie, the great-aunt of his next door neighbor. They become friends, but meanwhile David keeps having very real dreams of a man also named Henry. As he works to unravel the mystery, he learns how to fit in with his new life.
  prkcs | Apr 23, 2007 |
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To the children of St. Mary's Primary School, Selly Oak
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All day he'd been unable to shake off a bad feeling about tonight.
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Henry has always felt like an outsider and things are about to get worse when his family moves to the countryside and the prospect of a new school looms. He retreats more and more into his shell, until he meets Dottie, a frail old lady, who has tremendous spirit. He feels as though he knows her, as though they have been friends for many years. And as she tells him about her wartime romance with a Royal Air Force navigator also named Henry, our Henry is drawn into that world. In a series of mysterious, sometimes frightening events he re-enacts Henry's life . . . and learns that despite being dreadfully afraid, Henry acted heroically at the cost of his own life. Only our Henry knows the true story and it shows him a way through his own self-doubts and misgivings.

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After moving with his parents from London to Suffolk near a former World War II airfield , Henry sees the shadowy image of a man by the orchard gate and feels an unusual affinity with an eldery woman who lives next door.

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