A Time Of Fire
"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...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more