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Rosie Raja: Churchill's Spy

Rosie Raja: Churchill's Spy

by Ahmed, Sufiya

ISBN: 9781801990059

July, 1941. Rosie Raja is half-Indian and half-English. She has always lived in India, so when her mother passes away and she moves to England (where it rains all the time) she is miserable and doesn't have any friends. Life changes dramatically for Rosie when she discovers that her army captain father is actually a spy for the British government. She can't bear to be left behind so she stows away in his plane. Finding herself in occupied France, Rosie is soon drawn into the struggle against the Nazis. With new allies and new enemies at every turn, she must help her father complete his mission, and more importantly... make sure they both get home alive.


Alexis - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I found the book a bit tricky to get into but when I got into it I really enjoyed the storyline. Rosie was a brilliant character but I felt the focus was more on her background than her adventure.

Sophia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I really liked this book and I quite like to read books like this one. It may have been short but it has a lot going on in it. I loved how Rosie sneaks off to go with her father to see what he’s doing. The pace was a bit slow at times but I like how dramatic the book was. Overall it was a great book!

Tara - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I found it very nice to see a female character in the spotlight. As somebody from an Indian culture it was great to see her getting to have the opportunity to do something that wasn’t based on her skin colour. Although, I found the pace of the book very slow and it focused more on her background than her adventure.

Elizabeth - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

An absolutely stunning book. I loved the WWII fiction and the characters were so interesting. I really related with Rosie and I understood her back story very well. I love the historical fare! This must have been one of my favourite books of all!

Celia - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I enjoyed this book but I don’t really think it is for me. I found it quite slow-paced, and predictable and I couldn’t really connect with the characters well. I liked the adventurous parts of the book and I thought they were written quite well but the beginning, I feel drags on a bit. Overall, I think this is a good book.

Lizi - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

The theme of World War 2 and how Rosie was helping was nice but at the start she wasn’t a nice main character as she seemed entitled. Later in the book she became better but kept repeating how she was a princess and how she missed India. It was very repetitive and slow paced but overall a good plot and theme.

Gracie Rose - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I loved this book so much! It is quite slow paced in the beginning but as it went on, the more the highlight of my day was reading this book! I especially loved the part at the end when Rosie and her dad finally sat down and started to talk about her mum it was a very nice and heartwarming addition to the already amazing storyline! Thank you!

Irina - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

I liked the idea behind it and the fact that it is from Rosie's perspective so we can get to know the main character more and dive deeper into her thoughts. However, I think the author could have done a better job at explaining what the Raj is in more detail and maybe writing a glossary for the more challenging words. Overall, I think it is a great book for learning more about how India played a part in WW2.

Lexie - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I really liked it because it was so wholesome with the people in the book and I really liked of how to be a spy and it was so historical for the lessons

Susan - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I think the first part of this story is quite slow, but towards the end it goes quicker and quicker, which I think is a brilliant technique of writing. When I first started to read it, I thought it was quite boring but towards the end, I loved it so much I couldn't put it down.

Jemimah - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

I ended up feeling really connected and had to remind myself that the story wasn't real! I think it is more suitable for older readers. It was good but did take longer to get into than other books I've read.

Ayomide - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I love the idea of spy life; this book is based on real events with real consequences. The war was a massive part of Rosie's life and it really shows in this story.

Elizabeth - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I really enjoyed this book, especially when they were cracking all the codes.

Holly - Magnus Church of England Academy - 2024

This book was ok, the story was good but I thought that it took a long time to get started and I quickly got bored of it. There were some funny elements to it that I did enjoy. Overall not my favourite book from this year's shortlist.

Chloe - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

It was very interesting and held lots of different types of knowledge and different facts. The book its self was interesting and made me want to find out what happens in the future.

Jasmine - Outwood Academy Kirkby - 2024

I enjoyed this book because it was very adventurous and exciting events happened every time you turn a page.

Lillian - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This book was a very nice book with a lot of twists. It was really interesting, as the entire book revolved around one thing; Rosie sneaking onto a flight. The book shows what young people are capable of.

Hareem - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

The genre of this book was incredible. The author who wrote this book had great inspiration from the Firs tWorld War. My favorite character was Rosie Raja herself because she is brave, kind and caring as she thinks about everyone.

Matilda - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

This is an amazing read and I like the way the author bases it on true facts

Milena - Nottingham Girls High School - 2024

I loved the book because it was so adventurous and really exiting. I loved the courage of the characters and how they acted. I rate this 11 out of 10!