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Autumn 1939. The schoolchildren of London's East End were being evacuated in their thousands to the safety of the countryside. Among them was Liz Hawtin, who until now had been the unwelcome addition to here Aunt Ag's family in Nile Street. Evacuation was for Liz the opportunity of a fresh start with new people, new surroundings and new ideas. But at first even Liz found the switch to the cultured family of the Brutons more of a problem than a pleasure. Then the war itself took over, and in sharing common griefs and anxietys Liz and the Brutons came to know and like each other, and more important, Liz came to know herself.

Reader's Reviews


Very good, but it has a very sudden ending.


I read this with my 12 year-old daughter, and we both enjoyed it. It's very well written, and you have a real sense of feeling for the main character, evacuated from an already troubled life in the East End and lodged with a family where she doesn't really feel welcome. The gradual change in the relationships between her and the members of the family are very well developed, as they experience the terror of Dunkirk, and the Blitz in London. I shall certainly look out for other books by Hester Burton.

I would be careful about recommending this book to anyone younger than about 12 though. It directly addresses injury, death and the uncertainty of loss in War, and also unwed teenage pregnancy, but all in a morally sound way.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 12+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 11+

A young girl, the main character's cousin, has a baby in the book without marrying the man.

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