The Machine Gunners (Macmillan Collector's Library) Hardcover – 8 Sep 2016
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"Seat-of-the-pants suspense. Westall's writing is smashing throughout." "Kirkus Reviews"starred review"
"The pace is unrelenting." "Booklist"starred review"
Robert Westall's gripping first novel for children, set during World War Two and winner of the Carnegie Medal.See all Product description
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Reading it as a adult it was still every bit as good as what it ever was and in no way read like a child's book. I have re-read other books from my childhood recently and they were very hard to get through as they were after all books meant for a child. However The Machine Gunners spans generations and is equally a good read for an adult as what it is for a child.
Forgive me I do not normally do book reviews as I am sure you can tell from this review so I will try my best here..
Excellent well written and superbly constructed story with many ups and downs and facets such as the perils of the blitz during the war, wartime life, schoolboy antics, excitement, guns, rebelling against the system etc. It really is a very good read.
The fact that the author grew up himself during the war lends the story much credibility, which is something lacking in some more recent stories set in the war years.
My only slight criticism is that reading the book was rather like watching an action-packed film. There were quick changes in terms of scenes and characters which could be confusing if you weren't paying attention! Then again, I am not in the target group for the book.
All-in-all it's a great story that touches on some very important themes. Due to the realism, I probably wouldn't give this to children under 10, even those with an advanced reading age, but it's an excellent book for children of 10 or 11 upwards and makes a nice change from magic, superpowers, mutants, dystopia and other current teen book trends.
The Machine Gunners book is about a young boy called Chas and his friends that all find a German bomber crashed in the woods and there they come across a machine gun and 2,000 rounds of ammo. The children put in their own war effort shooting down German planes.
Throughout the book, we see that Chas’s attitude towards Germans changes and he sees that not all Germans are bad people and that some are like the British civilians, caught up in a war they did not start, or want.
• Favourite Character
Personally my favourite character in this book is Clogger. Clogger is a boy from Glasgow who became a good friend of Chas’s throughout the book. The main thing I like about Clogger is that he and I seem like we have a lot in common. We both know how to stand up for ourselves. Furthermore we both have a thing for sport.
• Least Favourite Character
My least favourite character is probably Boddser Brown. Boddser is the bully of Chas’s school. When Boddser got in a fight with Chas, Chas owned him! Boddser couldn’t deal with being beaten so Chas abruptly became the bully of school. If only Boddser could face the fact that he started the fight!
• Favourite Moment
My favourite moment of the book is when Boddser Brown chases Chas to find out where he is keeping the machine gun. Boddser tortures Chas, but Chas is not willing to give info. Chas escapes half-drowned and calls for Clogger to help him. After that, Clogger comes to the rescue and starts to kick Boddser in the ribs! But I think that he deserved it!
• Critique Of The Book
The improvements I would suggest are that there are too many rude words and I don’t find this amusing, other than that, I think the vocabulary in the book is brilliant and the story is extremely interesting.
I think that this book is very well put together and I would definitely recommend it for readers doing the 11+ as the vocabulary is good and I would read it again another day. All 18 chapters of the book are very well written.
He is a competent & eager reader but his reaction to Westall's timeless classic has been unique. I purposely delayed exposure to co inside with the WW2 topic at school and I am so glad I did.
I must shout out to my year 5 teacher Kath Houlton from St Winifred's Primary who first introduced me to Chaz and his Machine Gunners. It has been a privilege to share this timeless classic with my sons. And of course praise to Robert Westall.
However, read for content not location. We are looking forward to reading "Blitzcat" which is set in Coventry