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Written by Michelle Magorian

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It's 1945. World War II has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the strict discipline of her family, including a brother she's never met, after the warmth and openness of her adopted American family. Rusty is sent to a horrific boarding school, before finally running away as her search for happiness becomes more and more desperate.

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It's 1945. World War II has just ended and twelve-year-old Rusty comes back home to Britain after being evacuated to the US. The greyness and bleakness of life in England is a shock, but even worse is adapting to the strict discipline of her family, including a brother she's never met, after the warmth and openness of her adopted American family. Rusty is sent to an horrific boarding school, before finally running away as her search for happiness becomes more and more desperate.

Michelle’s books, including her first book, Goodnight Mister Tom, are often set around the time of the Second World War. While doing research for the novel that became Goodnight Mister Tom she came across a photograph of some children coming back from America in 1945. This image kept popping into her head. It was as if the children were saying, ‘You’re going to have to write about one of us, otherwise we’re not going to leave you alone.’ So Michelle started interviewing people, and reading about how people coped after the war, particularly families living together again after years apart. Back Home, which took Michelle two years to write, begins just after the end of the war, when Rusty returns home from her evacuation in America.

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ISBN: 9780141354811
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141354811
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141354811
Publication date: 3rd July 2014
Author: Michelle Magorian
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Classics

About Michelle Magorian

Michelle Magorian is undoubtedly one of the pre-eminent children’s writers of historical family drama and of books set around the Second World War. She may not be a household name but that’s purely because she doesn’t write as frequently as those more obvious bestselling novelists. Just Henry is her seventh novel. Unlike some authors Magorian writes when the time is right having first undertaken considerable research, followed by a lot of thinking time before actually putting pen to paper and then there’s always the very important rewrites to polish the story. Magorian ...

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