The first reason I was attracted to pick up this book was the very heart-warming cover, and the second reason that I knew I was bringing it back home with me was the fact that the cover jacket told me there was absolutely no other way. I just finished reading it and even shared the story with my eight year old.
And am quite surprised that I didn't hear about it earlier. If you haven't read it yet, you absolutely should....
Here's what's on the cover jacket:
'A brilliant story of how love defeats fear' - Independent
WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION AWARD
Mum said war was a punishment from god for people's sins, so he'd better watch out. She didn't tell him what to watch out for, though.
When the Second World War breaks out, young Willie Beech is evacuated to the countryside.
A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of kind old Tom Oakley. But then his cruel mother summons him back to war-torn London......
Will he ever see Mister Tom again?
'Everyone's idea of a smash-hit first novel: full-blown characters to love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.' - Guardian
- Debolina Raja Gupta