There are lots of really good books, both fact and fiction, set during World War Two and that is a very good thing as it is important that today's children know what happened in Europe, and in their own country in particular, less than 100 years ago. The children in this book, Lizzie and Freddie, experience all the problems of living in a country at war, i.e. rationing and blackout regulations etc and also, the huge tragedy of losing their mother when a bomb falls on her shop. What makes this story different and really interesting is that their father, Will, is not a great military hero, he is, in fact, a conscientious objector and has had the courage to refuse to go off to fight.
The book starts when he is given the choice to either join the army or go to prison, but this family has a better plan - they go on the run. Along the way they are helped by kind, like-minded people and betrayed by other people who think he is just a coward. The family must stay on the move to avoid being split up and life is difficult and uncertain, but never dull! Eventually their luck runs out when Freddie is taken ill and Will is arrested. However Lizzie and Freddy's adventures are not over as Lizzie is not going to wait for the war to end before being reunited with her father!
I loved this book. It is full of adventures and wonderful characters. It's a great read for anyone who read and loved 'Carrie's War' and 'Goodnight Mister Tom'.