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I couldn't put the book down!,
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This review is from: Jenny's War (Paperback)
I have loved this book from the very first few words and the story held me right through to the very end. In fact, I found it difficult to put the book down and even took it to work with me to read a couple of chapters in my lunch break. Margaret Dickinson is a brilliant writer. There is humour as well as sadness in her books and all her stories are researched so well.
This story is about Jenny, a little girl of 10 years old at the start of the war, living with her mum in a poor area of London. Her mum never wanted her and is very harsh to her. Jenny is unkempt and unclean because her mum has never cared what Jenny looks like. She only cares for her own needs and any man who can keep her in clothes and make-up. Jenny's mum's spiv boyfriend deals in the black market and Jenny is made to call him 'Uncle' and later 'dad' as the story unfolds. He leads Jenny, against her will, into a life of crime, but not before Jenny is evacuated to the country, so that her mum and 'Uncle' can be on their own. In the country, Jenny find happiness and a completely different way of life. She finds love and people who care about her and is only dragged back to London by her selfish mother who doesn't want the neighbours to 'talk' when some of the other evacuees have already returned home. After that Jenny is dragged around the country so that her mother and 'Uncle' can avoid the law. Her mother's spiv forces her to go out with him as a 'look-out' when he is stealing to re-sell. Times are hard and people were running out of supplies. Life becomes a nightmare for Jenny as she yearns to go back to the family who loved her in the country. She becomes sick of moonlight flits and of being involved in her 'Uncle's' seedy crimes but things start to change! A great read - a really interesting story that gives nothing away and makes you want to continue reading to know more!