Ronnie's War by Bernard Ashley
  

Synopsis

Ronnie's War by Bernard Ashley

Ronnie Warren lives with his mum while his dad is away fighting. For him, World War II brings a whirlwind of events and emotions that carry him through the terror of the London Blitz to evacuation and romance in Lancashire, from adolescent misunderstandings to the bittersweetness of Victory in Europe Day, 1945. From schoolboy hero to teenage survivor, this is Ronnie' s story. Bernard Ashley' s great gift is to turn what seems to be low-key realism into something much stronger and more resonant. It has something to do with empathy, compassion, an undimmed thirst for decency and justice. Phillip Pullman

Reviews

With the exception of the dramatic bombing and rescue that open the book, the materials with which Bernard Ashley builds this picture are generally the mundane, the small, the commonplace. However, it is of such stuff that real lives are made, and through which real emotions and experiences are felt, and this is what makes the book a success: the creation of an emotionally rich journey for Ronnie, and therefore for the reader too. Written in an easy and simple style, the book makes a perfect introduction for a younger reader looking to understand the war at home . || 'Bernard Ashley's great gift is to turn what seems to be low-key realism into something much stronger and more resonant. It has something to do with empathy, compassion, an undimmed thirst for decency and justice' || A distillation of life during the war, it is told in small telling details. No great heroics, just ordinary people attempting to live their lives. Sparingly written and all the better for that. Engrossing. || This story is at once dramatic, gripping, amusing and poignant, as Ashley contrasts Ronnie

. || Ronnie's War provides a moving insight into the impact of WW2. Bernard Ashley's evocation of the times is powerful, and his characters are very believable. Readers will strongly identify with Ronnie. His conflicting emotions towards his mother are particularly well conveyed. || As professionally told as might be expected from Ashley, and full of interest and information for young readers.

About the Author

Bernard Ashley

Bernard Ashley lives in Charlton, south east London, only a street or so from where he was born. He was educated at the Roan School, Blackheath and Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, Rochester. After National Service in the RAF Bernard trained to teach at Trent Park College of Education, specializing in Drama. He followed this with an Advanced Diploma at the Cambridge Institute and has recently been awarded honorary Doctorates in Education by the University of Greenwich and in letters by the University of Leicester. During his career as a teacher he worked in Kent, Hertfordshire, Newham and Greenwich, with thirty years of headships in the last three. His debut novel The Trouble with Donovan Croft won the Other Award, the alternative to the Carnegie Medal, and several of his other titles have been highly commended by the Carnegie Medal panel.

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Book Info

Format

Paperback
192 pages
Interest Age: From 9

Author

Bernard Ashley
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Author's Website

www.bashley.com/

Publisher

Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

15th July 2010

ISBN

9781847800541


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