A heart breaking and heart warming story of a special friendship that grows between Willie Beech, evacuated to the country to avoid the Blitz on London, and Tom Oakley, the reserved old man who takes him in. Willie has been lonely and neglected all his life as his mother lacks the ability to care for him. Under Mister Tom’s patient and kind guidance Willie grows emotionally and physically to become the boy he should have been. But then his mother wants him back home in London. Must Willie loose everything that has made him happy?
Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of WW2. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London.
'Everyone's idea of a smash-hit first novel: full blown characters to love and hate, moments of grief and joy, and a marvellous story that knows just how to grab the emotions.' Guardian
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 03/07/2014
Publisher: Puffin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||31st March 1983|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Other Categories:||Audio Books, Bookshelf Essentials|
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 ...More About Michelle Magorian