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Ronnie Warren lives with his mum while his dad is away fighting. For him, World War II brings a whirlwind of events and emotions that carry him through the terror of the London Blitz to evacuation and romance in Lancashire, and from adolescent confusion to the bittersweet flavour of Victory in Europe Day, 1945. From schoolboy hero to teenage survivor, this is Ronnie’s story.

“Bernard Ashley’s great gift is to turn what seems to be low-key realism into something much stronger and more resonant. It has something to do with empathy, compassion, an undimmed thirst for decency and justice.” Phillip Pullman

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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books

Date published

July 15th, 2010



UK edition


  1. Book-Club-Review-Team
    on 24 February 2011

    Wonderfully Moving

    This story was wonderfully moving and powerful and showed how hard it was for someone so young to know that their father is out fighting for their country. It also showed how tough it was to try and live life as normal as possible when there was always a chance that a plane would come and bomb you. I found the book lovely to read, but in places quite hard to follow as it sort of jumped from place to place with not much to say what was happening. Overall I would recommend it to my friends as it is showed happiness and sadness. I would recommend the book for people aged 10+.

    Cari, age 12

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