Top critical review
Good in its day; now lost in the crowd.
on 3 August 2017
A daring story for its time (first published in the 1960s), but it has been surpassed by children's fiction on similar subject matter since. It all feels rather repetitive and lacking in any real suspense or surprise. To an extent, that may have been deliberate in order to mimic the monotony of life in the camp and the desperation of the journey, but, in practice, it does not make for the best of stories.