The novelist Susan Goodman - herself a child of the Second World War - wanted to commemorate and celebrate the experiences of a special generation before they were lost to history. When she appealed for stories, she was overwhelmed by the response. This remarkable book is the result, a rich tapestry of the dramatic, amusing, poignant and everyday during the 20th century's greatest conflict, through a child's eyes. Its compelling first-hand stories reflect not only British life in the towns, suburbs and countryside, but also the experience of those who arrived as refugees. Matter-of-fact, nostalgic, fresh, funny, tragic, evocative - these voices form a narrative that brings back to life an era that shaped a generation.
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Susan E. Goodman is the author of many acclaimed nonfiction books for children, including On This Spot: An Expedition Back Through Time, which was a Washington Post Book World Best Book of 2004. Her book The Truth About Poop was named Best of the Best by the Chicago Public Library, and Skyscraper was a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2004 and a Book Links Lasting Connection.From AudioFile:
From the Blitz to V-E Day, Goodman has catalogued the memories of Brits who survived on the home front during WWII. Some were bombed out, some were sent to the countryside for safety, some worked for the war effort--all were children or teens at the time. The well-organized material is read clearly by Anne Dover, whose enthusiasm doesn't flag through 14 hours of short recollections of rationing, V-2 rockets, finding downed planes, and living in strange homes away from parents. Various local accents are subtle as the now-adults express the loneliness, fear, humor and, yes, fun, that was part of their wartime lives. Some "evacuees" loved country life to the point that they had readjustment problems after the peace, but mainly this is an upbeat chronicle of Britain's "greatest generation." J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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