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Carrie's War

3.84  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,898 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
One of a series of top-quality fiction for schools. Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to a Welsh mountain village in 1939, and become closely involved with several memorable characters.
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Published September 1st 2009 by Heinemann Library (first published 1973)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
This book was a trip down memory lane for me - it was one of my favourites growing up.

If Carrie's War does nothing else, it teaches you a few lessons and it makes you happy and thankful for your lot. And if you have siblings, it makes you appreciate them more.

Carrie and Nick are children, and the story is told from Carrie's perspective. It was never going to be amazing and insightful in an adult way, but reading it as an adult has helped me better understand it.

A great read and a modern classic.
Kerry
Jan 20, 2012 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is set within the Second World War and centres on Carrie and her brother Nick being evacuated to Wales from London.

We are told of Mr. Evans and his sister who own a shop and Carrie and Nick are sent to live with them, Mr. Evans is very strict and even his sister - Auntie Lou as she is referred to is fearful of him!

The book tells us of the adventures Carrie, Nick and another evacuee- Albert sandwich get up to in Druid's bottom, the curse of the skull which is locked in the library and w
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Nikki
Reading this book was rather distracting, since some other English Lit student had helpfully annotated it before me. Comments like "she takes refuge in household tasks" and "here gender roles are reasserted" are rather irritating when you're trying to read a book as a child. Carrie's War is set during the World War, and contains little details that place it well in that time -- the gas masks, the trains, the rationing -- in a way that's pretty matter-of-fact. Not "ooh look at me I'm historical f ...more
Brett
Dec 07, 2012 Brett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was very young, probably about eight years old. Then in Year Five in primary school the teacher read it to us. I was obsessed with this book, renting the audiobook from the library (even though I could read the book no problem) and watching the film nearly every weekend.

In secondary school we had to read it again and the teacher was so impressed about how much I knew about the novel. We used to have English on a Friday afternoon and my teacher would read the book aloud t
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Naomi Bennet
This was sweet. Really. :-)

What I liked:
1. Carrie. She's Adorable. I love how she likes people that no-one else does. That she keeps on believing that Mr Evans has a good heart under all that strictness. One can learn things from Carrie. She's a great soul. :-)
2. Nick. He was just fun. :-P
3. There were a great variety of characters, which I always appreciate. Aunt Lou, all the scared and emotional. Hepzibah, mysterious and elegant.
4. The names were very... interesting. Sometimes. Which, of cours
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Rhian Niblett
Sep 01, 2013 Rhian Niblett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Carrie's War by Nina Bawden is the story of Carrie and her little brother Nick during World War II. The children were sent to live in the country, away from the bombings in London, for their own safety. I'd bet you $55 million dollars you could not show me a children's story with characters more real and more human. The children are placed with an absurdly cheap shopkeeper and his mousy sister for the war's duration, and they are very unhappy there, suffering from the shopkeeper's frugality and ...more
Yve-Anne
May 27, 2012 Yve-Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really loved this old children's book which, reading as an adult, has not lost its charm. Short and sweet. Give it a go!
Wayne
Mar 07, 2009 Wayne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Wayne by: a TV dramatisation in the 1970's
The magic names of characters and places in this book
- Mrs Gotobed, Albert Sandwich, Hepzibah Green, Mister Johnny, Druid's Bottom, Druid's Grove,
remain magic, even when you realise this is no Harry Potter.

Then there is mean Mr Evans, a bully and referred to as an Ogre, and his bullied younger sister, the mousey Auntie Lou, to whose Welsh home Carrie Willow and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to escape the German bombardment of London.

No magic here - dislocation,an unhappy household.
Nick
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Pam_matharu
Jan 20, 2013 Pam_matharu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A girl called Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to the countryside, and whilst Nick is excited for the move, Carrie is more worried about the War and the distance from her parents. When they arrive to the countryside, they meet a woman who is nice to them, but she has a Brother called Mr Evans who is strict and looks to keep an eye on them. The man puts them to work in his corner shop and even his own sister is afraid of him. Whilst Carrie, her brother and friends enter a place c ...more
Megan Chard
Aug 25, 2011 Megan Chard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie's War takes a different route to a World War Two story and focuses on the story of Carrie who has been evacuated along with her younger brother Nick. They arrive in a Welsh Mining Town after traveling from London 'labelled up like parcels'.

Carrie and Nick go to stay with siblings Mr Evans and Louise (Auntie Lou). As the children adjust to the strict rules of Mr Evans house they both fall in love with suppressed Auntie Lou, and whilst Nick hates Mr Evans Carrie begins to feel sorry for hi
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Loraine
May 08, 2014 Loraine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely read. Full of history, mystery, and perhaps the magic of a wise woman.

Carrie's War is set in the early days of World War II, when two children are evacuated into the country. In this case, Nick and Carrie are evacuated to Wales and are cared for by a rather interesting family made up of a brother and sister. He is a shopkeeper, rather greedy, deeply religious and a penny-pincher. To boot, he bullies his sister and is not particularly kind to the two youngsters under his care. He is
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Ali
Sep 25, 2014 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie and her younger brother Nick are evacuated to the Welsh Valley's during WW2, sent like parcels to an unknown destination with a label around their neck. They end up living with a brother (Mr Evans) and sister (Aunty Lou), and slowly become entangled in their new family, their personalities and their troubles, as they lose the familiarity with their own biological family. This story explains their experiences through Carrie's eyes.

It is a wonderful book, as it is a thoughtful and adolesce
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Michael Burge
This is an intriguing, nostalgic read, and a beloved book for an entire generation. I picked up my copy in an op-shop, before which it was in the library of a local school, and had not been read for a very long time judging by the date stamps inside the back cover.

It reminded me of Susan Cooper's writing, from the same era (1960s and 1970s), engaging and slightly whimsical, less plot driven and more about characters in a time and place. If it had been any longer I might have given up on it, as i
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Elizabeth
Apr 17, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to read this book as i saw it and wondered why i had never read it as a child. I am glad i made that decision as it was a very nice story and a very easy read. I liked all the characters even mean old mr evans and i felt sorry for carrie who clearly felt quite torn in a lot of situations like we all do at times. i would definately read this book again and i will have to keep my eye out for nina bawdens peppermint pig which i am sure we have at home somewhere. Though i enjoyed this book ...more
Dark-Draco
Nov 17, 2014 Dark-Draco rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
I don't have any recollections of reading the book, or watching the film, when I was younger, but the book is one of those that you are kind of aware of as being in existence. When it fell into my hands, I thought I'd better read it at long last. I wasn't disappointed.

Set in a small Welsh town, where two siblings, Carrie and Nick, and their friend, Albert, are sent as London evacuees during the war. Staying with the rather strict Mr Evans and his timid sister, they get involved with a rather gen
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Francesca Porter
Jun 08, 2014 Francesca Porter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie was a child who was evacuated in the war, and she has brought her children back to the town where she lived in that time. The story is Carrie retelling her evacuation story to her children whilst visiting.

Through the story you view her evacuation experiences, with the changing nature of her relationship with the brother and sister who take them in, a mix of pity, anger and love as they are forced into a position uncomfortable to all. You all see the friendship build between Carrie and her
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Sarah
Mar 24, 2011 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carrie and her brother Nick are evacuated to Wales during WWII, like many other children during that time. Carrie has meaningful experiences not with her foster home, but with the family of the sister to her foster dad. The story isn't simply a "war story"--it's much more than that. Much of what Carrie experiences with her new "families" cannot be fully understood or explained until she returns to the town as an adult. Carrie tells her children about her wartime experiences: "You don't change, y ...more
Alex Baugh
Nov 08, 2011 Alex Baugh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: world-war-2
Carrie’s War is a coming of age story with a twist. While visiting the small Welsh mining town where she was billeted during World War II, Carrie Willow, a 42 year old widow with four children, tells them the story of her evacuation. At the start of the war, Carrie, then 11 and her younger brother Nick, 9, were put on a train along with so many other school children, to escape the anticipated bombing of London by the Germans.

In Wales, they end up living with a bullying, miserly shopkeeper, Mr.
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Gale
May 18, 2013 Gale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
HAUNTED BY ADOLESCENT GUILT

Nina Bawden's 1973 YA story is related with the ring of an authentic WWII memory. One of several books to be inspired by the evacuation of hundreds of London children during the Blitz, Carrie's War appears at first glance to be the experiences of Carrie Willow and her younger brother, Nick, during the long separation from their mother (and father in the Navy). Their wartime odyssey takes them, along with many other evacuees, to a remote mining town in Wales, where the
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Westcoast_girl
Having read several other guests of war books (Guests of War Trilogy: The Sky is Falling / Looking at the Moon / The Lights Go On Again Back Home, The Day They Took The Children), I found this one slightly disappointing. Maybe it's because I'm older. But the story just didn't seem that interesting. There was no flow, and I found myself dropping it then picking it back up far to often. The main characters, Carrie and Nick, weren't that likable and seemed to be lacking a certain realness (for inst ...more
April
I remember having to read this in Primary School and loving every moment of it. We would always have reading sessions on the carpet and we would guess what would happen next and what the 'big secret' was that Carrie was running from throughout the novel. The setting was pretty convenient too as that year we had a major World War 2 assembly and all of our year dressed as evacuees (so much so that we ourselves felt 'labelled like parcels'). It was really pleasant to read something lively and enjoy ...more
Emmy
This was required reading and i liked it. It was interesting as I know its a classic and I did enjoy the historical aspect in this book. Also the writing was good as well as it was quite enticing and smooth to read. However I didn't like Carrie. She was annoying at times and for Nick he was a bit annoying. But I think its just their personalities not the way they are described. Try it for a classic, enjoyable read.
2.75 stars but I will give it 3 stars altogether.
Inayah Shah
Carrie's war is a very unique story as in it's not your usual everyday story that you see on somebody's shelf. I didn't discover the book until my headteacher told me and my three other friends to read it to help us extend our reading levels to level 6 (a really high level) I recommend this book to people who don't mind a very out of the way story. Despite my surprise of the book I was asked to read I read the book with an open mind. If I had to be honest the first few pages are very, very diffi ...more
Lynne
Feb 09, 2016 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First read aged about 11, and still have the old tv tie-in paperback we had in school. Teaching it is definitely not the same as discovering it as an impressionable child. The story of the two evacuees Carrie and Nick sent to a strange Welsh valley and their experience with the odd Gotobed family as well as the evangelical Councillor Evans is still an enjoyable if, in retrospect, an ultimately sad story of love, loss and regret.
Stephen Moore
Feb 03, 2015 Stephen Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful book and justified modern classic. Both poignant, and laced with solace. A story about people: the knocks and bruises we deal each other in the course of our relationships, and ultimately, it's about finding your way home again... no matter how long it takes. I've long argued that there are many children's books that belong on all our bookshelves, no matter our age: this is one of those books.
Sarah
Feb 24, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lucy and I both loved this story - I couldn't really remember what happened so it was great reading it with her. More based on the emotional story of evacuees to a Welsh mining village, rather than a factual account of WWII, and the experiences Carrie and her brother had there - Nina was also evacuated to Wales when she was 14 so many of the feelings she had were mirrored in the story. A good finish although Lucy wanted it to carry on. Would thoroughly recommend for young girls from 9 upwards (a ...more
Lorna Beckwith
Carrie’s War presents its audience with a coming of age story with a twist. Set in the Second World War it focuses on the tale of two children being evacuated to Wales. Carrie narrates the story of how her and her brother were sent to Wales, and the adventure and hardship that followed. The plot involves a ghost story, and the fear of the curse of the skull, that creates a compelling and exciting atmosphere for the young imagination. Nina Bawden creates a magical space in a time of misery and fe ...more
Jann Barber
I bought the DVD before I read the book. Both were well done.

It's the middle of WWII. Carrie and her brother, Nick, are sent by train to Wales along with a load of other schoolchildren. This was a common occurrence during the war, and strangers would open their homes to these displaced children until it was safe for them to return to their families.

Carrie and Nick are taken in by a kindly older woman and her domineering older brother. They also meet a mysterious lady who lives in Druid's Bottom.
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Emma
Mar 13, 2013 Emma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I havent read this book in over 10 years but can remember how i felt after i read it. I felt sad for the most part. Nick and carrie find themselves away from their grounded life and mother when the war begins. They are evacued to a strange yet welcoming family who carrie betrays unknowingly causing disasterous consequences. Its a tragic story about the devastation that came with the war and i can still recall the feelings that stirred within me throughout the book. I really would love to read th ...more
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Nina Bawden was a popular British novelist and children's writer. Her mother was a teacher and her father a marine.

When World War II broke out she spent the school holidays at a farm in Shropshire along with her mother and her brothers, but lived in Aberdare, Wales, during term time.
Bawden attended Somerville College, Oxford, where she gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

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