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Carrie's War by Nina Bawden
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Oct 13, 2009

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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. This woman lives with her simple companion and an elderly woman she tends.

Carrie is caught up in the middle of an unpleasant family drama. She takes an action that she regrets for decades, one that is finally remedied by her own children.

This is realistically written and shows adults as they are seen through the eyes of children.

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