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The Lights Go On Again (Guests of War #3)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,038 ratings  ·  16 reviews
For five years Gavin and his sister Norah have lived in Canada as "war guests." But now, as 1945 approaches, the war is finally ending, and Gavin and Norah will soon be going back to England Norah, who's fifteen, is eager to see her parents again, but ten-year-old Gavin barely remembers them. He doesn't want to leave his Canadian family, his two best friends and his dog.

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Paperback, 201 pages
Published December 20th 1994 by Puffin Canada (first published May 1st 1993)
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Jill
This book was better than the second, but nearly as good as the first. I liked the switch in focus from Norah to her younger brother Gavin, whose story really hasn't yet been told. However, I feel the author dropped by the ball here by not returning both of her young characters to England mid-way through the book and telling that part of the story, since the scope for story-telling there is rich and unexplored - how on earth would you adjust to returning to war-torn England after living in comfo ...more
Sylena Newman
WOW,WOW and WOW.I loved this book so much that I think I'm going to read the whole collection of kit Pearson's books. This book was basically about war. Gavin and Nora are sibblings who were sent to Toronto to be war guests. Gavin and Nora got to love the family they were with and make new friends and even a few crushes but soon the war was coming to an end and Gavin wasn't happy but Nora on the other hand was exited because she can go back home and see her parents.

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It’s been five years since Gavin and Norah have seen their family in England. Gavin, who was five when they left, doesn’t remember anything. As the war draws to its close, he fears leaving Aunt Florence and Toronto. How can he leave his best friends and his dog? How can he leave the only security he’s ever known? When a personal tragedy touches Norah and Gavin’s lives, Gavin must make the toughest decision of his life. Norah and Gavin’s characters are well-developed, and their personalities are ...more
Raven Erlenbach
This one is perhaps my least favorite of the three books, as the it changes points of view from Norah to Gavin, but it was still a really good read.
Susann
Mar 19, 2009 Susann rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of WWII evacuee stories
The final volume of this excellent trilogy brings everything full circle. Norah and Gavin were 10 and 5 respectively when they left England to become "war guests" in Canada. Now Gavin is 10 and is as reluctant to leave his Canadian home as Norah was to leave her English one.
I like the complexities that Pearson brings to her characters. They struggle with guilt; with doubt; with wanting to do the right thing but still being kind of selfish about it. Pearson brings closure to the trilogy, but with
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Jacquie
The last in the war trilogy series. It was a great ending.
Allegra Hailey Green
This was one of my favourite books as a kid, I read it in grade 3 and distinctly remember the part where Gavin wakes up because he didn't hear the milkman's bells and digs the family out of the snow. I also always loved the relationship between Gavin and his dog. This story is so touching and such a unique circumstance.
Daylight
This series probably deserves more stars then I've given it. It is a very well written series and I would have given it more stars when I first read it as a kid but my tastes in books has seriously changed since then.
Erin
I recall not liking this book as much because it was more about the younger brother Gavin than his sister Norah. I felt it an odd move as I had never felt close to the former as I had to the latter.
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this book was so sad.....but so real and deep! Gavin really has to make a choice of a lifetime...something you can't take lightly.
Raeesa
April 4, 2011: 5 stars
I love this book and I read it all the time.

July 23, 2013: 5 stars
Antoni
This book still resonates in my memory after reading it in elementary school.
Adanna
I like how the series changes perspective.
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the series is good
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Kit Pearson spent her childhood between Edmonton Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia. As a high-school student, she returned to Vancouver to be educated at Crofton House School. She obtained a degree in English Literature at the University of Alberta, and spent several years following the degree doing odd jobs or travelling in Europe.
In 1975, she began her Library degree at the University of B
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