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A Time Of Fire
Robert Westall
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A Time Of Fire

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"The sky split open. A sky of brilliant yellow light; a world of noise that filled his ears like sand at the seaside, so that afterwards there was only total silence".

But silence brings terror and grief to Sonny's family as they come to terms with the loss of his mother in a German bombing raid. In a fit of anguish and grief his father joins the RAF to avenge her death, an

Published (first published August 12th 1994)
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Alex Baugh
People sometimes ask me what my favorite WWII book is out of all that I have read. It is hard to answer that question because everything I have read so far has at least some redeeming quality of showing how the war impacted the lives of the children (and the occasional adult or animal.)

One of my favorite authors, however, is Robert Westall. Westall wrote my favorite WWII animal story, Blitzcat, capturing the influence one cat had on the lives of so many while searching war-torn England looking
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Robert Westall is one of my favorite authors.

I picked this up in the library thinking I hadn't read it before--I guess the title is not entirely memorable, but in fact not only have I read it, I own it. Westall is the master of detail, and his stories are just gripping. Plus, given that I think he's writing from memory a lot of the time (of his own childhood), there is a verisimilitude to his detail that I feel I have no hope of emulating. sigh

The story is of revenge and growth and war and Newca
this book gave me an idea of what was like to be on the second world war times.
Jeroen in UK
As Audio book: Great story and well red by Kevin Whately.
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Robert Westall was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England in 1929.

His first published book The Machine Gunners (1975) which won him the Carnegie Medal is set in World War Two when a group of children living on Tyneside retrieve a machine-gun from a crashed German aircraft. He won the Carnegie Medal again in 1981 for The Scarecrows, the first writer to win it twice. He won the Smarties Priz
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