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“Some bright kid’s got a gun and 2000 rounds of live ammo. And that gun’s no peashooter. It’ll go through a brick wall at a quarter of a mile.”

Chas is mad about the war. He has the second-best collection of war souvenirs in Garmouth – and he’s determined to make it the best. So when he stumbles across a crashed Heinkel bomber in the woods, he grabs his chance. The shiny black machine gun is still intact… and the pilot is still alive. Captured by Chas and his friends, can the German prisoner help his captors to win the war? Soon Chas’s gang are masterminding their own war effort, with dangerous and unexpected results…. Hilarious and gripping by turns, this is a brilliant tale of war and growing up from one of our great writers, Robert Westall.

Winner of the Carnegie Medal.

“Not just the best book so far written for children about the Second World War, but also a metaphor for now.” Aidan Chambers, Times Literary Supplement

Product Details






Macmillan Children's Books

Date published

May 4th, 2001

Other details
  • 224 pages


UK edition


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  1. Hayley 113303

    on 5 March 2013

    A book I kept reading untill I was finished . I couldn’t put the book down I bathed with it I even took it to tbe toilet with me