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Billy's Blitz

Billy's Blitz

Mitchelhill, Barbara, author

When war breaks out, Billy's dad joins the army and most of his friends are evacuated from Balham, South London. But Billy's mum doesn't believe the bombs will ever fall on them and she refuses to send him and his sister Rose away. Life in Balham has certainly changed for Billy: no school, no friends and, because of rationing, no treats. But by September 1940, things are about to get a lot worse. Hitler has a plan for the destruction of London and soon Billy is caught up in the Blitz: an event so terrifying, it will take every ounce of courage for him to survive in war-torn Balham and keep his family together

Book. English. Children's stories. Fiction 9+. General.
Published London: Andersen Press, 2014
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Details

Statement of responsibility: Barbara Mitchelhill
ISBN: 1783440856, 9781783440856
Intended audience: Juvenile.
Physical Description: 231 pages ; 20 cm
Subject: Balham (London, England) Social conditions 20th century Juvenile fiction.; London (England) History Bombardment, 1940-1941 Juvenile fiction.

Author note

Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters.

Reviews

"A realistic portrait. Recommended."
BFK||"Exciting, atmospheric. draws the reader in from the start. You live every scary moment with the characters."
Primary Times||"Everyday life and the sheer terror of the Blitz are effectively conveyed in this informative and enjoyable novel."
School Library Journal||"Every reader - young or old - will be rooting for a happy resolution that could bring this excellent story to a satisfying conclusion."
Carousel||"Exciting, atmospheric... draws the reader in from the start. You live every scary moment with the characters."
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