Author(s): Barbara Mitchelhill
When War breaks out, Billy's dad joins the army and most of his friends are evacuated from Balham, South London. But Billy's mum doesn't believe the bombs will ever fall on them and she refuses to send him and his sister Rose away. Life in Balham has certainly changed for Billy: no school, no friends and, because of rationing, no treats. But by September 1940, things are about to get a lot worse. Hitler has a plan for the destruction of London and soon Billy is caught up in the Blitz: an event so terrifying, it will take every ounce of courage for him to survive in war-torn Balham and keep his family together.
Our bedtime story at the moment is Billy’s Blitz, which is set in South London during World War 2. Billy and his sister Rose were not evacuated to the country with the rest of the children at their school but instead remained in Balham. The German Bombing intensified and conditions in London deteriorated rapidly. The story is told from the perspective of 12-year-old Billy, and you get the feeling of the fear and struggles of a child during the war but also the joy of childhood and the overcoming of obstacles. We have all found this an interesting and gripping read, appropriate for 7-year-old Bea and still interesting for 11-year-old Harriet. - Sarah
A life-affirming story of courage and hope under fire.
Barbara Mitchelhill was born in Rochdale and trained as a teacher. While she was teaching, she began writing for BBC children's TV and went on to write for educational publishers, before writing novels for children. She makes school visits all over the country, and enjoys appearing at literary festivals and talking to teachers and librarians, some as far away as the Caribbean. Her hobbies include reading, theatre, music, gardening and walking her border terrier, Ella. She lives in Staffordshire and has two grown-up daughters.