Machine-gunners by Robert Westall
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The Machine-gunners

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Machine-gunners by Robert Westall

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Carnegie Medal Winner.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780435124571
ISBN-10: 0435124579
Format: Hardback
(194mm x 129mm x 14mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Heinemann
Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
Publish Date: 25-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Break of Dark by Robert Westall Break of Dark, Paperback (September 2009)

Is there a barrier that divides the dark unknown from the everyday world around us? If so, is it broken sometimes by the dead returning, by the undead, or by alien creatures? What else could account for the chance meeting (or was it?) between a young student and hitch-hiker who turns out to be so much stranger than she seems?

Blitz by Robert Westall Blitz, Paperback (September 2009)

An exciting new package for an 80,000-copy bestseller. In Robert Westall's critically acclaimed novel, a courageous black cat journeys through war-torn England searching for her beloved master. "A moving and stirring novel".--School Library Journal.

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UK Kirkus Review » A group of teenage boys (and one tomboy girl) in Tyneside during World War II find a crashed Heinkel bomber in a wood. They capture its pilot, make him show them how to fire its machine gun, then set up their own dugout and help to win the war. This richly humorous, rather violent adventure story won the Carnegie Medal in 1975. (11 yrs +) (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » Air raids and night bombing have turned the schoolchildren in the north-of-England town of Garmouth into avid collectors of war souvenirs, but one boy goes a step farther when he gets his hands on a real working machine gun salvaged from a downed German plane. The boy, Chas McGill, soon becomes the leader of a band of children determined to play war in earnest - digging a bunker in the garden of a bombed-out house, firing their gun wildly during a night raid, and even taking their own German prisoner. Keeping their operation secret leads to the brutal thrashing of an inquisitive bully and a lot of lying to worried police and parents. Then; with the whole town spooked by rumors of a German invasion, the children mistake a group of Free Polish soldiers for Nazis and accidentally shoot their by now much loved prisoner in the ensuing panic. The children, alternately tough as nails and audaciously funny, are delightfully individualized Characters and Westall's writing is smashing throughout. Other adults might not be ready to share Mr. McGill's not so grudging admiration of his son's guts, but Westall leaves one free to draw a grimmer moral from the children's ingenious imitation of a grownup game. Seat-of-the-pants suspense with a premise that recalls Lord of the Flies and might provoke the same kind of debate. (Kirkus Reviews)

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