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A World War 2 evacuation story for children.
on 14 October 1999
Our group read and wrote reviews of this book for our group novel studies in school. Michael Morpurgo has written over 60 books and this one is about war and adventure. We liked this one very much. Michael Morpurgo says he likes to travel to the countries he writes about and meet the people who live there, so that he can write his stories better. This book starts in the middle of WW2 in London and the two boys are evacuated to Devon. The boys come across a problem. Do they like the Germans they find, or not? They had saved David's life, but they had also killed his father in the war. Read to find out what they decide. We liked the way David becomes a more confident boy in the story. We liked Tucky, his honest friend. We weren't so sure about Mr. Reynolds, who owns the farnm they stay on. We didn't like the village children who called David and Tucky "townies". This book is for 10-12year olds, who like history. A younger child would be bored wuth it. Someone who doesn't like to be away from home would identify with it. It helps us understand what WW2 was like. it is realistic and changed our views of the Germans. We now realise they are ordinary people like us. It is quite an exciting story. Generally our group thought it was a BRILLIANT book!