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The Dolphin Crossing (Puffin Books) [Paperback]

Jill Paton Walsh
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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25 Mar 1976 Puffin Books
Pat and his friend John both know the risks they are running in taking a boat across the Channel in the spring of 1940. But they also know they have to do something to help the British soldiers stranded in Dunkirk.
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (25 Mar 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140304576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140304572
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,091 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book,I couldn't put it down! 30 July 2000
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The Dolphin Crossing is a dramatic thriller, based in World War Two, in which two boys go out to Dunkirk and help rescuing the soldiers trapped there.I liked this book because it gave the true feeling of what war is.It says, also about the war effort and what people had to go through at home. This is definitely one of my favourite books, it's the sort of book which transports you to the place where you can see and feel every moment. Very detailed, capturing a true picture of what war must have been like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every family bookshelf 11 Feb 2008
I could not recommend this book highly enough. I often suggest it for young people to read so that they may get a taste of what life was like for youngsters in the early days of WWII. The whole takes place in just a week, and introduces us to two boys, John, the son of the local rich family, and Pat, an evacuee from London. The war has hardly begun, and the 'Dolphin' of the title refers to John's small boat. The 'crossing' is the adventure the boys undertake after working out that the British army is stranded at Dunkirk. Fully half the book gives the reader a keen insight into the realities of life in 1940 Britain as the boys work together to provide better housing for Pat and his step-mother. It is this, along with the tempered account of the boys' adventure at sea, that makes this an excellent book for youngsters, especially those learning, or about to learn, about life in WWII. Truly, I would say this book ought to be on every family bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 10 May 2013
By James B
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It is a pity that there are only 2nd hand copies of this book out there. The book is so useful in terms of teaching about the reality of war and the emotion. I used it with a year 5 class and they were able to see that war isn't all glory but actually very dangerous. I also find it a great one for stimulating debate.
Personally, I read this through my childhood and loved it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure story 15 Dec 2012
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I remember reading this as a 10 year old, and loved it. It was difficult to track down for my 10 year old, but I was glad I persevered. He loved it too. It's a good story for any youngster to get some interesting insight and background to WW2 such as the black market and rationing, and also a cracking adventure story to boot. Even my wife enjoyed it; she even cried at the end, she was that involved with the characters. Track it down. It's well worth it.
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