This children's thriller, based on the author's own experiences in London, is about coming of age and the importance of family and friends during World War II . It's the height of the Blitz. Night after night, waves of German bombers pound London streets, determined to bring the city to its knees. As the air-raid sirens wail, Alan and his best mates, Tommy and Wilkie, skip school to play among the bombed-out homes of their neighbors. They are soon sucked into a gang of looters run by infamous Duggie, but the police are on their tail and catching up quickly. Even if they escape, they could still fall victim to the dangerous skies above them. This thrilling story, based on the author's own experiences growing up during the Blitz, is an antidote to nostalgia. It shows the terrors of the Blitz and how war brings out both the best and the worst in adults and children alike. Appropriate for Keystage 2.
Brian James worked for the BBC for over 20 years in both radio and television, producing documentary programmes, such as the South African episode of the highly acclaimed Great Railway Journeys of the World. As a freelance broadcaster he has worked for both ITV and the BBC and made an American award-winning video documentary for an animal rights campaigningMore about Brian James