Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh (group set, 7 books)

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A re-issue of a Jill Paton Walsh's outstanding, award winning war time story. 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.

  • gritty themes for mature year 6 readers 
  • longer novel requires sustained reading between sessions. Best read as a class novel with shorter extracts for closer reading in groups
  • 208 pages

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