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Bombs on Aunt Dainty by Judith Kerr

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Kindle Edition: 336 Pages.

Published: 28 June 2012 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

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Partly autobiographical, this is the second title in Judith Kerr’s internationally acclaimed trilogy of books following the life of Anna through war-torn Germany, to London during the Blitz and her return to Berlin to discover the past…

It is hard enough being a teenager in London during the Blitz, finding yourself in love and wondering every night whether you will survive the bombs. But it is even harder for Anna, who is still officially classified as an “enemy alien”. Those bombs are coming from Germany – the country that was once her own. If Hitler invades, can she and her beloved refugee family possibly survive?

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Refugees in London at a time of war

This is the second of Judith Kerr's semi-autobiographical novels following on from "When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit". In this book Anna, the main character from whose point of view the story is told, is a young woman and the book itself is, I feel, aimed at an older readership than the first one. They are both very readable for an adult.

Anna and her family have come to London after escaping from Germany just before the war. As refugees they are the objects of suspicion and they are also very poor because Anna's father can no longer get work. This story is set in the Blitz and as Anna grows up, takes art lessons, begins to find young men attractive and then holds down a war job we see through her eyes the reality of war and some of its nastier consequences. This isn't a harrowing book but the circumstances are very real and what happens to Anna and her family very much has the ring of truth. By the end of the war Anna, her family and London are very changed.

This story is very simply told and doesn't dwell on the more horrific side of war but the author is truthful about how people and countries behaved at this time. I found parts of the book quite

emotional and I was willing Anna and her family to come through the war with a hope for the future. This is engaging and very truthful with Anna at the centre of the story as a young, comparatively innocent, but delightful companion.

 
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