The Runaway Children
London, 1942: Thirteen-year-old Nell and five-year-old Olive are being sent away from the devastation of the East End. They are leaving the terror of the Blitz and nights spent shivering in air raid shelters behind ...more
This novel follows evacuee sisters, thirteen-year-old Nell and five-year-old Olive, as they flee the war-torn East End of London during WWII to reach the ‘safety’ of the countryside. There, families open their homes to evacuee children, providing them shelter and nourishment until they can safely be sent back to their homes and families.
Leaving their family home, Nell quickly assumes the role of mother t ...more
The war, the blitz, the fear and worry of parents that you will lose your children to a bomb and the desire to keep them safe even if it means sending them away . This was the reality that led to the evacuation of many children from London in the early 1940’s. The story, harrowing at times, brought to life by two characters I couldn’t help but love. Thirteen year old Nell has to grow up quickly as she evacuates with her
five year old sister Olive from London. They first go to the Welsh countrysi ...more
Scared and distressed over being forced to leave home to live with strangers, 13 year old Nell steps up and takes charge of 5 year old Olive knowing she must protect and keep her safe at all costs. The girls experience numerous unexpected kindnesses, but all is not easy as they encounter scary, dangerous types as well.
A funny little Olive (with the help...more
Nell and Olive's personalities are to easy to like because they are both charming; Nell is a strong o ...more
This is a book of mixed emotions. Set duri ...more
An entrancing story set against the backdrop of World War II. Due to the frequent bombings in London, 13-year-old Nell and 5-year-old Olive are evacuated to the countryside where they are taken in by a vicar and his wife. The mother and her two sons remained in London i ...more
The story is told by the child's point of view. The characters are built up slowly and it ...more
Nell and Olive’s arrival in Wales found them staying with a couple in the vicarage – they found happiness, contentment and ...more
Much to their surprise, the girls love their new home in the village of Glengaryth, Wales. Both are met with kindness by their f ...more
The story is told from the child's point of view. The characters are built up slowly and ...more
I have to start with Olive from the book. What an adorable and wonderful character. There is such a lovely innocence about her and she brings a certain amount of humour into the story. I absolutely loved the relationship between her and Nell, it truly was so lovely to read and my heart just melts even now just thinking about it.
Nell is yet another fabulous character. Having to grow up quickly whilst being a mother as well as a sister to Olive. I couldn’t ...more
Pub Date 08 Dec 2017
Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for a review copy in exchange for my honest review.
Nell and Olive are now living in Wales after being evacuated from London. During WW2 many children in the UK were evacuated from bomb torn cities into the country. Parents had their children evacuated because they believed that they would be safe away from the bombing. However, many children went to terrible homes where they were exploited and used as free chil ...more
This was my first Sandy Taylor book and I’m ashamed to admit it!! I like books set during the war, so why I haven’t read more by this author, I don’t know! The story is based around a Bermondsey family at the height of the London Blitz. Nell is the oldest of the children, although is nearly a young woman herself. She ...more
In among the hardships, ration books, bombings, plane crashes and unspeakable acts, I learn I have things in common with these sisters.
We share the love of the same books.
I also saw the beauty they saw as well as recognized their horror. Horror in what they overcame and beauty in their expression of love in a prayer over men they did ...more
Initially things seem to be going well for Olive and Nell, b ...more
I am currently reading a lot of historical fiction books so I was delighted when this book arrived on my Kindle!
I have really enjoyed this authors previous books and was delighted that this one was written with the same high standards and excellent attention to details. You really do feel as though you are with them in the period as you read their story. The characters were well rounded and I really enjoyed learning more about them and watching them deve ...more
The story begins with 13-year-old Nell and 5-year-old sister Olive it’s 1942 they are both being evacuated from Bermondsey, from her mother and brothers Tommy and her baby brother Frankie. Her Father has gone to war. To the small village of Glengaryth in Wales. Where they meet the Vicar Dylan and his wife Beth and they take ...more
Wow. I struggled to read this book, I’m not going to lie. No, I don’t mean that I struggled to read it because of how it was written, or that I struggled reading it due to any other negative reason. Not at all. I struggled reading ‘The Runaway Children’ because of how emotive and poignant the storyline was. We are taught at school about how things were during the war and, whilst those pieces of information are still qui ...more
Thirteen-year-old Nell and five-year-old Olive are evacuated to the Welsh countryside from the devastation of the East End in 1942.
This book seemed to have it all, family loyalty, friendship, love, sadness and beautiful and realistic characters, especially the adorable and funny Olive and I will miss these children.
Very highly recommended.