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When World War II thrusts scrawny evacuee Willie Beech into the care of a gruff old man, an unlikely bond flourishes between them. But as Willie enjoys his first ever taste of human kindness, suddenly his happiness comes under threat again… This heartwarming classic tells a moving and memorable tale of friendship against all the odds, set against a stunning wartime backdrop.
Winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award.
“A marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.” Guardian