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Back Home (A Puffin Book) [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Magorian
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WW2 has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the strict discipline of her family, including a brother she's never met, after the warmth and openness of her adopted American family. Rusty is sent to an horrific boarding school, before finally running away as her search for happiness becomes more and more desperate.

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About the Author

Michelle Magorian was born in Portsmouth and on leaving school studied at the Rose Bruford College of speech and Drama and Marcel Marceau's International School of Mime in Paris. Over the years she became interested in children's books and decided to write one herself. The result was Goodnight Mister Tom which won the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, an International Reading Association Award and was also made into a much-loved film, starring the late John Thaw.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3746 KB
  • Print Length: 477 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0670806706
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (27 Aug. 1987)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DLA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,136 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michelle was born in 1947 in Portsmouth, Hampshire of a Welsh mother and Irish father with an Armenian Surname! Michelle Spent her toddler years in Singapore and two-and-a-half years (aged 7-9) in Australia. In between times, up to the age of eighteen, she lived in Portsmouth.

She was educated at Kilbreda college, Mentone (Victoria, Australia) and the Covent of the Cross, Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Michelle trained for the theatre at The Rose Bruford College of speech and drama in Kent from 1968to 1969. It was while there that she started writing regulary.

From 1969-1970 she was a mime student at Marcel Marceau's L'Ecole International de Mime in Paris. Since then Michelle has worked in theatre, television and films and has an established reputation as a comedienne, performing in plays and musicals. Michelle also toured with her one woman mime show in Italy and England.

Michelle's first novel Goodnight Mister Tom grew out of two short stories. She wrote the book in between acting jobs and on Sunday when she was working in the theatre. Goodnight Mister Tom was first published in the UK in 1981 it has won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Award (for full list of awards please see Bibliography). The book has sold in excess of 1.2 MILLION copies in the UK alone and has been published in Denmark, USA, Japan, Holland, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany. The 1998 BAFTA award-winning TV film of the book starring John Thaw attracted 14 MILLION viewers.

Just Henry is Michelle's first novel in over 10 years. In this gripping mystery-thriller, the story of a boy struggling to understand his identity, is beautifully woven with a vivid picture of the social prejudices, culture and atmosphere of late 1940s Britain.
Since publishing in May 2008 it has won the Children's Book category for the Costa Book Award, shortlisted for the Lancashire Children's book award, shortlisted for the Essex Children's Book award and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and moving read 24 Nov. 2002
By A Customer
I first read this book when I was eleven and it has since become one of my favourite books. Rusty, the central character is gutsy and intelligent. Her sentiments are easy to relate to and admirable. Her confused view of which country is her home, having lived in America for five years, are beautifully written and heartwarming, especially the relationship with her little brother whom she has never met; explored perfectly. The events which lead up to her dramatic rebellion are gripping and moving. I found myself screaming in frustration at her ignorant, pompous grandmother, and crying at more than one point in the book. I recommend this book whole-heartedly; don't let anthing put you off.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I think this story is absolutely wonderful and I've read it many times over. The characters are believable, the writing is well-paced and it really captures the complications and overwhelming sensation of homesickness, perhaps particularly from a child's perspective. So, I wanted this on kindle so I could always have it to hand. Unfortunately, though, I was really disappointed by the kindle format. There were far too many typos and in some places I had to guess what the word was from the rest of the sentence. This disrupted the flow of my reading and for the price of the kindle version, I really expected better. I'm sorry now I didn't just buy the print version, which would have been cheaper too!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great story!!! 31 July 2004
I was attracted to this book because it was by the same author who wrote Goodnight Mr. Tom. I have read the book, Goodnight Mr. Tom but didn't think it was as good as the film. When I bought Back Home, I wasn't very sure that it would be good considering I didn't particularly like the book Goodnight Mr. Tom. However after I had read a few pages, I couldn't put it down. I was completely hooked on the story.
Back Home is about the main character, Virginia Dickinson, nicknamed Rusty by her American family. After the war she goes back home to Britain. Everything in England is not as she expected though. She feels like her family are strangers and her little brother, Charlie, hasn't got used to the fact that he has a sister.
I think this story would appeal to a wide audience. It is not like other war stories. Reading this book I felt like Rusty was a person living now, not in the war.
I'm nto sure about anyone else but I found the end a bit disappointing, it wasn't how I expected (I won't say why because that could be a spoiler for people who are going to read it). However it was one of the best books I have ever read and I think everyone else should read it to.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Book I read this year. 26 Mar. 2001
By A Customer
Back Home is the type of book that you just can't put down. Its a sad story but it just tells you that you can do anything if you are determined and put your mind to it. I can't beleive how mean the people were at that time though I don't think I could stand up to them like Rusty could. I really felt sorry for her in a wierd way. I mean ahe had the best family and friends over in America but she had her Mum and her brother in England. I think she made the right choice by staying but I would have liked to read about her life in America in more detail. I don't normally feel sad when I read books but I really liked Betty and I didn't like it when she died. Beth was a bit weird but I think she had her heart in the right place. I recomend her other books aswell like Goodnight Mr.Tom A spoonfull of jam and of course Back Home. I hope if you read it you will enjoy it as much as me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing 28 Mar. 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
'Back Home' is the story of Virginia Dickinson, nicknamed 'Rusty' and her return to Great Britain five years after she was evacuated to Connecticut in America. Rusty as she was affectionately called by her American family because of her red hair is sad to leave America but is looking forward to seeing her parents and finally meeting her four year old brother, Charlie, who was born a year after Rusty left, although Rusty is going to miss her American family and she is homesick, she has high hopes for her return home. Unfortunately as soon as Rusty arrives she discovers that she does not really know her Mother, and her Mother feels the same about Rusty, Charlie does not want to know Rusty and is jealous about her return, Peggy, Rusty's Mother has becomes independent since her husband left for War and she was billeted to Devon to live with The Honourable Mrs Langley (known as Beatie) to give birth to Charlie and eventually started to work for the W.V.S (Women's Voluntary Service) and is now a trained mechanic, a job she loves doing and does well, Rusty's father is still at war in the Pacific. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent story. I had read Goodnight Mr Tom which ...
An excellent story. I had read Goodnight Mr Tom which I thoroughly enjoyed and Back Home did not disappoint.
Published 4 months ago by Anthony L.
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Great story.
Published 4 months ago by grannynomates
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!
I first read this book many years ago. I loved it then and I still love it now. Very good young adult book, about changing and growing up
Published 6 months ago by Tara B
4.0 out of 5 stars Back Home
This was an engaging story which was like by several people in my family.
Published 8 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present and assume it will be well
Bought as a present and assume it will be well received
Published 8 months ago by Jane E Hepworth
5.0 out of 5 stars good
I began to read this book when i was nine and then became bored i picked it up again after a year and finished it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ace
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 12 months ago by Harry
3.0 out of 5 stars Back Home
good book but i was spoilt by Goodnight Mr Tom expected the same lovely stories great characters just okay but readable
Published 13 months ago by Maeve Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book forever!
I first read this book when I was around the same age as the main character and absolutely fell in love with the story! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Louise
5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching, but a tough read
Seven year old is sent off to USA from UK at outbreak of WW II.
Story opens with her return to UK, aged 12.

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