Orca Book Publishers

Browse by Category

Fiction Ages 8-11
Pages: 132
Themes: war, loss, friendship
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/09/2005
Bookmark and Share
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  | 2006 | Commended
Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed
Silver Birch nominee  | 2007 | Short-listed


Download teachers’ guide

Ebooks available from the following retailers:

Orca Young Readers

Key Features:

Compelling stories

Age-appropriate plots

Ideal for Lit Circles and Independent Reading

Teaching Resources:

Teachers' Guides

Curriculum Connections

Guided Reading Levels

Accelerated Reader

Lexile levels


Paperback $7.95

Discounts Available for: