Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the International
Reading Association Award, and runner-up for the Observer Teenage
Fiction Prize and Commended for the Carnegie. It also been
dramatized for television. A young boy is evacuated from the city
to live with a lonely old widower in the country in World War II.
This long, sometimes stark book tells how the lives of boy and old
man change, grow and blossom. (11 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)
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Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London . . . Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
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