As the bombs are falling, Carrie and her little brother are evacuated to Wales and billeted at the home of the bullying Mr Evans and his timid sister Lou. At first very unhappy, they discover great warmth when they visit Albert at Druid's Bottom, where they meet Hepzibah Green, who knows magical stories, and Mister Johnny, who speaks a language all his own. When things go wrong, Carrie takes things into her own hands, without guessing the awful consequences.
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Nina Bawden grew up in London, Norfolk, Shropshire and South Wales, where she was evacuated during the war. She worked on farms and as a country postwoman and began to write after graduating from Somerville College, Oxford. She has written 17 novelsfor children and 21 for adults.From AudioFile:
Carrie's reluctance to tell the story of her childhood relocation to the Welsh countryside during World War II intrigues the listener. The superstitious folklore surrounding the rural wartime setting, as well as the events that take place during Carrie's visit and haunt her memory as an adult also capture the listener's attention. Equally impressive is Zelah Clark's portrayal of the characters–from Carrie's innocent sounding younger brother, to the grouchy voice of the children's reluctant guardian, Mr. Evans. Romantic and historical fiction fans will enjoy this well-performed program. M.P.T. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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