Selling Points: "War, loss, friendship"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Fiction Ages 8-11
I watch the flames eat our house. The roof has fallen in, and the front wall is down. Now everyone can see our home in its underwear. Neighbors pat me on the shoulder and talk as if I'm not there.
In the final months of World War II, ten-year-old Peggy shelters with her mother and baby brother in a London butcher's shop during an air raid. They survive, but their home and everything in it are lost, including Peggy’s most treasured possession, a biscuit tin of letters from her father. Their lives change dramatically and Peggy makes friends with a boy named Spud who has a passion for scavenging bombsites, leading to more than one surprising discovery.
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee, short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee, short-listed
Silver Birch nominee, short-listed
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