Suddenly there were no secrets any more. Everyone knew there was going to be a war, which meant that all children in danger areas like London were to be sent to the country. Then on Friday 1st September 1939, it happened…
When World War II started in 1939 everybody was terrified that the enemy would bomb London to ruins, and careful plans were made to evacuate thousands of schoolchildren to homes in the country. The three Clark children were sent to Dorset. Laura, Andy and Tim with their name and address pinned to them, joined the straggling procession of evacuees to the station. Operation Pied Piper was underway…
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“Noel Streatfield vividly recreates the atmosphere of blitz-torn London with all its friendliness, horror, confusion and tragedy. Her book cannot fail to impress young readers.”
“Noel Streatfeild’s position in the children’s book world is unique. She is endlessly inventive, full of verve and a real understanding of childhood. Her stories are rich in documentary interest and entertainment, escapism of a most satisfying sort.”
“Noel Streatfeild is an author who is a true master of her craft.”
Illustrated London News
Noel Streatfeild, the plain middle child between two talented and pretty sisters, trained at RADA and acted for nine years before writing Ballet Shoes, an instant bestseller, in 1936. As vicarage daughter, factory girl, actress, model, social worker, writer, and crusader for good books, Noel touched many aspects of life. Her experiences enriched her stories, which were so popular that, by her eightieth birthday, she had earned herself the title of “a national monument”. She was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1939 and died in 1986.
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Book Description Collins, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006755372