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Alison Weatherby

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The Secrets Act 

Pearl and Ellen are recruited to work at code-cracking HQ, Bletchley Park, during World War Two.

When the girls stumble across a sinister plot which threatens the very soul of the war effort, their budding friendship is put to the test – especially when their hearts are on the line. Who can they really trust, who can they afford to fall for, and can they solve the greatest puzzle of their lives before it’s too late?

A thrilling, nail-biting YA mystery with themes of friendship, loyalty, secrets and a dash of romance. 

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News & Reviews

The Secrets Act is a historical mystery that races along at speed, with lots of twists and turns to keep readers gripped.Author Alison Weatherby expertly uses period details to bring everything brilliantly to life, from the wartime food in the Bletchley Park canteen to Ellen's chilly attic bedroom. Exploring everything from women in STEM to neurodiversity and the lives of LGBTQ+ people in wartime, The Secrets Act is a thrilling page-turner.

BookTrust UK

The Irish Times

“The appealing setting, nuanced and flawed heroines and engaging plot make this a gripping read"

Paper Lanterns

“This book is a page-turner and a fast read. It is filled with everything: love, drama, friendship, action and a twisting mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page.”

Fiona Sharp, Waterstones books

"Absolutely brilliant."

School Visits

Alison offers school visits for students ten and older, on a variety of themes, including:

  • Secret codes and ciphers: Learn how secret codes and ciphers were used at Bletchley Park and how to break tough codes 

  • Mystery writing: Learn how to create the nail-biting, edge-of-your seat mystery stories you love, getting tips on creating tension, red herrings, building suspects, and more.

  • Creative writing: Choose from a number of creative writing sessions or work with Alison to create one perfect for your classroom.

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    About Alison Weatherby

    Alison Weatherby is the author of The Secrets Act, which was discovered through Chicken House's 2020 Open Coop. 


    Alison writes young adult mysteries from her soggy home in Dublin, which is surprisingly not very different from where she grew up in rainy Seattle, USA. She likes to run, listen to funny podcasts and curl up with a juicy spy novel in front of the fire (when her two kids, husband, and giant dog allow her, that is). 

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