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ISBN 9780174324232
Published 15 January 1996 by Oxford University Press
Format Hardback, New edition
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Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
Series M Books
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ISBN-13 9780174324232
ISBN-10 0174324235
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Nelson Thornes Ltd
Publication Date 15 January 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
Series M Books
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
English Literature: Fiction Texts
Number of Pages Not specified
Dimensions Height: 230mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age Children / Young Adults
Reading Age Children / Young Adults
NBS Text School Textbooks & Study Guides: Literature, Arts & Humanities
ONIX Text Primary and secondary/elementary and high school
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

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US Review He was evacuated to Wales, fled an insulting delousing, returned to an empty house blockaded by DANGER UNEXPLODED BOMB ; she had been on a torpedoed ship to Canada, held over in a hostel (parents: not all that performance again ), run away rather than wait for another; they met leaving an Underground shelter, recognized each other as fugitives, and paired up: Bill and Julie, a bubble in the eddies of wartime London. The barrow men give them odd jobs but other adults impinge, would turn them in; or should they reveal themselves - Bill, loath to desert Julie, lets his father get away, and she, in return, fails to contact her parents when the next ship to Canada sinks. In the basement of her aunt's wrecked house they find a place to be 'warm, quiet, by ourselves'; can it have been for only a week, Bill wonders later. And then little Dickie, the waif they've sheltered, takes sick and Bill must, must, must find milk at dawn during an air raid. When he returns the house is gone, collapsed, and Julie emerges a plaster statue. . . miraculously alive. But now, in the hospital, Miss Julia Vernon-Greene and not, her blazer and striped tie brother says, for Bill. The call to class is un-American but not untranslatable (into more subtle cultural pressures), and the bond between Bill and Julie, their finest hour, irradiates the scene: The oddest thing was that the leaves turned gold and fell off while Hitler's bombers filled the sky. He is fifteen, she is somewhat younger, and theirs is a romance their counterparts can credit. (Kirkus Reviews)

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