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An Angel For May
Tam is unhappy at home and often takes refuge in the ruins of Thowt It Farm. But then one day he is transported back to the Second World War. Alone and afraid, he makes friends with May, who has been rescued from a bombed-out house. She tries to persuade him to stay at the farm, but Tam is afraid of being trapped in the past forever.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 29th 1994 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
(first published 1992)
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Children's Time Travel Fiction of the 20th Century
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In present day (mid-1990s), Tam comes across a homeless woman whom everyone calls Rosey, as in Rosey Rubbish. She is described SO unsympathetically as the most disgusting creature ever. But he doesn't do the sensible thing and stay away from her, instead he ends up... wait for it... going back in time with her! And suddenly it's the 1940s and he's on a farm where he meets a young girl named May, who shares the same dog (like, the exact same dog) as 1990s Rosey. Which is kind of a big, screaming ...more
Having read Burgess' best known (and most infamous) work 'Junk' this didn't really appeal. I'm glad I stuck with it, it's a quick read and one that doesn't shy away from the controversial issues of mental health and homelessness, wrapped up in fantasy and time travel. Well worth reading.
Melvin Burgess is a British author of children's fiction. His first book, The Cry of the Wolf, was published in 1990. He gained a certain amount of notoriety in 1996 with the publication of Junk, which was published in the shadow of the film of Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting, and dealt with the trendy and controversial idea of heroin-addicted teenagers. Junk soon became, at least in Britain, one of ...moreMore about Melvin Burgess...