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The Hidden Story of Estie Noor

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No one wanted to hear Estie’s side of the story. Now she’s on a mission to make sure the truth is heard . . . A page-turning mystery novel in verse about identity, friendship and learning to use your voice, with accessible text and beautiful illustrations throughout.

When twelve-year-old Estie is expelled from school, she’s sent to stay with her aunt in Scotland over the summer. Even though nobody, not even her mum, asked to hear her side of the story.

Estie’s determined to keep her barriers up and stick to herself until the holidays are over. But when she comes across an intricately folded paper castle with a secret message written inside – a message from someone desperate to tell their own unbelieved story – a chord is struck, and Estie can’t help but follow the clues to the next piece of artwork. Who are these messages from? And what will their secret reveal about the town?

In helping to uncover the anonymous artist’s truth, Estie just might find the words to tell her own. . .


it was near on impossible to stop reading...I truly hope for more from Nadine. She writes with a truth about heritage, family and having a voice. I love her style, characters and use of language. If you haven't yet discovered the talents of Nadine, then I urge you to visit your local library or bookstore.
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[A book] about injustice, a mystery and finding your voice. Yes, please.
Patrice Lawrence