London is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech — the abused child of a single mother — is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually Willie forgets the hate and despair of his past.
He learns to love a world he never knew existed, a world of friendship and affection in which harsh words and daily beatings have no place.
You may look at this book and think, ‘This looks pretty boring.’ That’s what I thought too when I had to read it for school but as I was reading through it, I actually got interested. It ended up as a good, decent book.
This is a book of change. The main character undergoes many changes coming from an abusive mother. The man who takes him in who was once a stoic man changes as well as he takes care of Will. The author did a good job in going through the character development. It takes time for Will and Tom to get comfortable with each other. It’s awkward, it’s filled with uncertainty and this makes the book realistic.
Other side characters are also great. They have individual personalities and I can’t say now what each and every person was like, I know they had their own goals and hopes. All of the characters were written creatively.
What about plot? It’s sort of slow but the characters make up for it. You see them growing and you want to read more. As you read, you realize that this innocent world that the author created slowly swirled into a darker side. When all is well and nothing can go wrong, bad things start to happen and you feel upset for the characters. This book had much more meaning and depth than you thought when you read chapter 1.
The writing is amazing. It’s what sucks you in and this supposed-to-be boring book about a evacuee isn’t so boring after all.
This is a great book and you can read it quickly if you aren’t so busy like I happen to be. (haha) This book isn’t disappointing and I enjoyed rereading it.