The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

The Machine Gunners

Written by Robert Westall

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Carnegie Medal winner in 1975.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A group of teenagers on Tyneside in the North East of England during World War II find a crashed Heinkel, capture its pilot and then set up their own dug-out and help to win the war.


The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall

Living in World War II Britain, Chas McGill is determined to outdo his rival Boddser Brown in obtaining the ultimate war souvenir. When he finds a crashed German bomber in the woods complete with machine gun, he knows he can not only beat Boddser hands down, but can also play a role in the war.


Seat-of-the-pants suspense. Westall's writing is smashing throughout. -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review) The pace is unrelenting. -- Booklist (starred review)

About the Author

Robert Westall

Robert Westall was born in Northumberland and went to school in Tynemouth. He studied fine art at Durham University and after he graduated he worked as an art teacher. Despite having two degrees in Fine Art, and majoring in Sculpture, Robert Westall spent his working life teaching art in secondary schools, and writing only in his spare time. He loved teaching and worked in Birmingham, Yorkshire and Cheshire as a head of department.

He has had around 40 books published and they vary from ghost stories to fantasy epics.

Robert Westall died in 1993.

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Paperback (b Format)
224 pages
Interest Age: From 9 To 11


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Pan Macmillan

Publication date

4th May 2001




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