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Fireweed

Fireweed

Bill is a fifteen-year-old runaway evacuee, and he's finding that surviving on the streets of London is pretty easy, thank you very much. He's fed by a local cafe owner, he earns some cash as a barrow-boy in Covent Garden, and sleeping in the Underground air-raid shelters is cosy... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781471401749
Barcode 9781471401749
Published 1 August 2013 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
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ISBN-13 9781471401749
ISBN-10 147140174X
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Hot Key Books
Publication Date 1 August 2013
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Paton Walsh, Jill
Category Historical Fiction
Children's and Educational
Number of Pages 208
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 12mm
Weight 157g
Interest Age 13+ years
Reading Age 13+ years
Library of Congress JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Europe, World War, 1939-1945 - Juvenile fiction - Great Britain, Historical fiction Children's / Teenage, London England - Juvenile fiction - History - Bombardment, 1940-1941
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Young adult
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

Bill is a fifteen-year-old runaway evacuee, and he's finding that surviving on the streets of London is pretty easy, thank you very much. He's fed by a local cafe owner, he earns some cash as a barrow-boy in Covent Garden, and sleeping in the Underground air-raid shelters is cosy - if a bit smelly. Things get more complicated for Bill with the arrival of Julie. She's a runaway too, and although she's a bit posh, she's just as determined as Bill to stay free of interfering parents and 'the social'. But although it's fun for a while to duck Jerry missiles and camp out in bombed-out houses, the reality of living through the Blitz quickly begins to set in. Winter is coming, and Bill and Julie will discover that playing at being grown-ups can be a very dangerous game...First published in 1970, and winner of that year's Book World Festival Award, Fireweed evokes a time of tin Spitfires, powdered eggs, warm woollen mittens and reading by firelight. Perfect for readers young and old, this book is a beautifully written classic, full of adventure, heroism and British wartime courage.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Jill Paton Walsh was born Gillian Bliss in London in 1937. Jill has won several awards, including the Whitbread Prize, The Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, The Universe Prize, and the Smarties Grand Prix. In 1970 FIREWEED won the Book World Festival Award, and her adult novel KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS was nominated for the 1994 Booker Prize. After living for many years in Richmond, she is now settled in Cambridge. In 1996 she received the CBE for services to literature, and was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Visit Jill at her website: www.greenbay.co.uk/jpw.html

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