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5.0 out of 5 stars
Why isn't this book better known?, 10 May 2007
I discovered this book quite a few years ago in a library, and wasn't able to purchase a copy until I found it on amazon. It is brilliant, funny and moving- Gardam is able to capture the perception and voice of an intelligent, sometimes pretentious, sometimes foolish thirteen year old girl perfectly, and like most of her work the time period doesn't jar. I'm not an huge fan of world war II fiction, mostly because it tends to be over written, but here the bombings and the war merely compose part of Jessica's world. Read the first chapter and you won't want to stop reading it.