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A classic children's novel, and a lovely heart-warming book about a young boy evacuated from an abusive mother in London to the English countryside as war gets under way in 1939, and how he and the widower on whom he is billeted find love, happiness, sadness and personal growth. One more or less knows what is going to happen from the setup, but there were a few unexpected twists, and some lovely lyrical set-pieces towards the end when the main narrative starts to slow down - thinking particularly of the seaside holiday chapter, and the introduction of the new art teacher in the supposedly haunted cottage. A real page-turner as well - I found myself lost in it, without necessarily racing through it. Strongly recommended.

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johncoxon
Nov. 17th, 2012 12:54 am (UTC)
This is one of my all-time favourite novels.
pennski
Nov. 18th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
She writes some wonderful books!
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