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Carrie's War (Puffin Books) Paperback – Illustrated, 31 Jan 1974

4.5 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; New Ed edition (31 Jan. 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140306897
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140306897
  • Product Dimensions: 50.8 x 50.8 x 50.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I doubt that anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Nina Bawden is one of today's best writers for both adults and children. she has often used her own childhood experiences in her books - Carrie's War is set in the mining valley in Wales where she lived as an evacuee in wartime. She studied philosophy, politics and economics at Somerville College, Oxford and finished her first novel the year after she took her degree. She won the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction for The Peppermint Pig.


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By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2002
Format: Paperback
I first read Carrie's War after it was published in the early '70's when I was about 10. I loved it and remember watching the TV dramatisation of it also which really mirrored the book. I am just discovering the book again after nearly 30 years and have bought it in England for my son as I have not been able to find it in America.
Nina Bawden really depicts what life was like for some WWII evacuees. The characters are unforgettable and the story is original and heartwarming. A must-read for every child.
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I enjoyed it. A lot of people think it's old fashioned and boring but I totally disagree with them. As soon as I saw the word 'classic' I thought 'oh bum' as my mum has forced me to read classics before (little women, Tom's midnight garden ext. ) and I hated them, but this one is great. It is set in world war 2 but (sorry history lovers)it does not go into detail of ww2 . It is a well told story starring Carrie and her little brother Nick. The structure is very good and overall it is an enjoyable book. One more thing: it is a children's book. I get really annoyed when people don't put whether it's a children's book or not so'm please, if you are writing a review, put if the book is for children or adults. (Age about 9-11) don't listen to the 1 $tar reviews.
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I really liked this book because at school I am learning about world war 2 and I felt like I was there with Hepsibar, Albert,Carrie, Nick, Mr Evans Aunt Lou.I have enjoyed this book because it was such a sweet story and I loved it!

I would recommend this book to any ages · Also it is a great book to read with someone else ·I read this book with my father and we discussed the book alot· So yes I really enjoyed this book!
Olivia aged 8
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I first listened to this book when I was 10, dyslexic and pretending to actually read along. I am 26 now and still love this book. This book is a joy to read.
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This was one of the most evocative books I have ever read detailing the difficulties faced by Carrie and Nick when evacuated to rural Wales and coming under the strict care of shopkeeper Mr Evans and his suppressed sister for whom the war provided a means of escape to freedom from her brother's tyranny. The book captures the children's feelings perfectly and it is easy to understand why young Carrie thought she was responsible for the fire by throwing the skull into the well. Of course as she grew older she knew that such things do not cause houses to catch fire but from a child's view it was perfectly plausible. Wonderful read for children and captures perfectly the difficulties and deprivations of war time.
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By A Customer on 12 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
After reading Carrie's War in our literacy work in school,most of us decided that it was an excellent read-especially with the wide variety of characters, such as Hepzibah Green and Mister Johnny Gotobed.The character descriptions are extremely good-their faces become pictures before your eyes.We were transported back in time to World War Two with Carrie and Nick, the two young evacuees. Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger-but our teacher wouldn't always let us read on! It's a book you will want to read again and again.
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Even though this is classed as a childrens' book I would recommend it highly for anyone who is interested in refugees of WW2. It is easy to read and Nina has a wonderful way of dragging her reader inside the world of the child and the issues around the war.
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When first picking up this book, one often wonders whether it'll be alike some other books set in the time of war- bouncing bombs and explosions, ration books and evacuees- but it definately stands out in the crowd.
In it, we follow the intrepid Carrie and her brother Nick, evacuated to Wales until the war subsides as they are from London. As we turn these exciting pages, we meet many a wonderful character. The exciting Hepzibah Green and Mr Jonny, Albert, Mr Evans and Auntie Lou all make this piece of script a beautiful read of twists and turns that never end. It's well worth a look- better than most.
Age 12
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