I’m sure I’ve read other Robert Swindells books before, and if I haven’t, I don’t know why not. This is well put together, economic with words in a style I appreciate, while still drawing a picture of the time, the situation, the characters and the plot in such a way that it is all utterly plausible. Each strand of it stands alone, and yet the whole lot intertwine to make an extremely entertaining book that also educates about the period of time it’s set in. Definitely one for the world war two fans, though not for the faint of heart as there is more than just mild peril involved. Although you’d expect that with a novel set in wartime I suppose. Not for the claustrophobics among us though (you have been warned).
Also, Small has reviewed a couple of books over at his blog. There’s Slime Squad Vs The Last Chance Chicken and Slime Squad Vs The Killer Socks. (reviewed here and here.) I will say for parents reading his reviews – he really enjoyed these books – I’d say they’d suit children of a particular sense of humour between the ages of 7 and 10, depending on their reading ability.
All of these books were supplied free for review in support of our challenge by the wonderful kids team at Random House.