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Carrie's War (Puffin Books) Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Jan 1974


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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (31 Jan. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140306897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140306897
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I doubt that anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Nina Bawden is one of today's best writers for both adults and children. she has often used her own childhood experiences in her books - Carrie's War is set in the mining valley in Wales where she lived as an evacuee in wartime. She studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford and finished her first novel the year after she took her degree. She won the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction for The Peppermint Pig.

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44 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read Carrie's War after it was published in the early '70's when I was about 10. I loved it and remember watching the TV dramatisation of it also which really mirrored the book. I am just discovering the book again after nearly 30 years and have bought it in England for my son as I have not been able to find it in America.
Nina Bawden really depicts what life was like for some WWII evacuees. The characters are unforgettable and the story is original and heartwarming. A must-read for every child.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I've just finished reading Carrie's War on my Kindle and I must say, I thouroughly enjoyed it.

The story is about young Carrie and her brother Nick, who are evacuated during The Second World War, to Wales to stay with Mr Evans and Auntie Lou.

Mr Evans is a fierce, angry man, while his younger sister, Louise, is quite the opposite. Auntie Lou, as Carrie and Nick like to call her, is timid and shy and lets herself be bullied by her older brother.

I don't want to spoil the story for anyone, so I won't say too much about the plot, except this...

Carrie and Nick have to stay with Mr Evans and Auntie Lou, while their friend Albert Sandwich gets to stay with Hepzibah and Mister Johnny. The book is about Carrie and Nick's stay with the Evanses, and is really great. I just kept on wanting to read another few pages each time before I put it down.

The only thing is that this book is called Carrie's War, and is about a young evacuee. However, in the book, the only references to the war were that Carrie, Nick and Albert were evacuees, Mr Evans putting up the blackout curtains and a mention of bombs. I appreciate that the children were evacuated to get away from the war, but I would have liked to have seen more historical information in this book; maybe mentioning rationing and going into more detail about bombing.

Other than that, I think this book was really good, so I am going to give it 4 Stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miss J.M.Parker on 11 Mar. 2014
Format: Paperback
I loved this book as a child and I decided to read it again so ordered it from Amazon. It arrived quickly with no problems at all. It is as good as I remember it as a child. Brilliant book!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PumpkinsPatch on 6 Dec. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I first listened to this book when I was 10, dyslexic and pretending to actually read along. I am 26 now and still love this book. This book is a joy to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Finch on 8 July 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked this book because at school I am learning about world war 2 and I felt like I was there with Hepsibar, Albert,Carrie, Nick, Mr Evans Aunt Lou.I have enjoyed this book because it was such a sweet story and I loved it!

I would recommend this book to any ages · Also it is a great book to read with someone else ·I read this book with my father and we discussed the book alot· So yes I really enjoyed this book!
Olivia aged 8
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Isabella on 22 May 2014
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Carries war was a lovely book. My favourite character was definitely Mr Evans because he was always so grumpy and I loved the the way the book was written.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Horner on 26 Nov. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed it. A lot of people think it's old fashioned and boring but I totally disagree with them. As soon as I saw the word 'classic' I thought 'oh bum' as my mum has forced me to read classics before (little women, Tom's midnight garden ext. ) and I hated them, but this one is great. It is set in world war 2 but (sorry history lovers)it does not go into detail of ww2 . It is a well told story starring Carrie and her little brother Nick. The structure is very good and overall it is an enjoyable book. One more thing: it is a children's book. I get really annoyed when people don't put whether it's a children's book or not so'm please, if you are writing a review, put if the book is for children or adults. (Age about 9-11) don't listen to the 1 $tar reviews.
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2012
Format: Paperback
This story is about a girl evacuated from her city home during World War Two, who has to go to the countryside. There is not much more about the war in it. The evacuees make a few friends on the train: Carrie and her little brother meet a nice boy and are boarded not far from each other. The elderly farming folks who take the children are strict and have strange ways according to the city kids who don't know anything about farming.

I did not find the story that exciting but there is a ghost story involved and at the end Carrie as a grown woman comes back to the farm where she stayed all those years ago.
BBC adapted this for a short series.
Good for children rather than young adults.
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