War is hard enough when your dad is missing in action, and even harder when you have to leave everything you know and love. Twelve-year-old Harry is one of three thousand people leaving the coast in Devon during the Second World War as US troops move into the area, planning secret D-Day rehearsals on the beach there in April 1944. But what if your most treasured possession is left behind?
Publisher: Wight Diamond Press
Number of pages: 318
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm
This book is beautiful. You can't stop reading even though you don't want it to end. The writing is sparse yet full of feeling without a trace of sentimentality. I understood and cared about these people. In this imaginative tale about families who reacted to a true historical event, I wanted to know what happened next. A jewel! Actress June Brown - Dot Cotton in East Enders/ Superb on so many levels, I couldn't put it down. I can see the landscape, feel its texture, smell it. And I can see twelve year old Harry, and all those villagers and their struggles. It's powerful. I found myself close to tears when I read it and smiling too. A wonderful book! Michelle Magorian, author of Goodnight Mr Tom/I read it in one go...a great story and very well told. Anna Home - Chair of the Children's Film and Television Foundation/A great read that rushes to a brilliant climax! John Ovenden, ABC Broadcaster and Journalist Australia/ The book paints a vivid picture of the steely grey realities of war... wind torn coastlines, steaming woollen jumpers drying by the fire... uniformed American strangers... hushed words and small bowls of soup... displacement and fear by the families forced from their homes. Isle of Wight County Press/ A pivotal moment in the war...through the eyes of someone who was there - through fiction. Joint Forces Journal USA