Carrie's War

10 best books like Carrie's War (Nina Bawden): When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, Good Night, Mr. Tom, What Katy Did, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, The Worst Witch, Private Peaceful, Swallows and Amazons, Stig of the Dump, The Machine-Gunners, Mog the Forgetful Cat

When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
AuthorJudith Kerr
Partly autobiographical, this is first of the internationally acclaimed trilogy by Judith Kerr telling the unforgettable story of a Jewish family fleeing from Germany at the start of the Second World WarSuppose your country began to change. Suppose that without your noticing, it became dangerous...
Good Night, Mr. Tom
AuthorMichelle Magorian
London is poised on the brink of World War II. Timid, scrawny Willie Beech -- the abused child of a single mother -- is evacuated to the English countryside. At first, he is terrified of everything, of the country sounds and sights, even of Mr. Tom, the gruff, kindly old man who has taken him in. But gradually...
What Katy Did
AuthorSusan Coolidge
Twelve-year-old Katy is constantly making and quickly breaking resolutions about how she will change her ways and treat others, especially her five younger brothers and sisters, with more respect and compassion. When Katy meets her Cousin Helen, an invalid, Katy is awed by her kindness, prettiness,...
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
AuthorJoan Aiken
Wicked wolves and a grim governess threaten Bonnie and her cousin Sylvia when Bonnie's parents leave Willoughby Chase for a sea voyage. Left in the care of the cruel Miss Slighcarp, the girls can hardly believe what is happening to their once happy home. The servants are dismissed, the furniture is sold,...
AuthorJill Murphy
This is the perfect book for young reluctant readers.

It’s engaging, fun, fast-paced and actually a really great story. There’s a magic school, great friendship, antiheroes and a series of unfortunate events.

And let’s not forget the lovely illustrations. This is no Harry...
Private Peaceful
AuthorMichael Morpurgo
From the Children's Laureate of England, a stunning novel of the First World War, a boy who is on its front lines, and a childhood remembered.

"They've gone now, and I'm alone at last. I have the whole night ahead of me, and I won't waste a single moment of it . . . I want tonight to be long, as long as...
Swallows and Amazons
AuthorArthur Ransome
Read as part of The Infinite Variety Reading Challenge, based on the BBC's Big Read Poll of 2003.

Swallows and Amazons, despite it being a popular old-fashioned children's book that almost every adult in England would have read, has never been on my radar and I don't think I'd ever even heard...
AuthorClive King
This book surprised me. I was expecting it to be a simple, fun, mildly enjoyable read, which I would have better appreciated had I read it at 9 years old (which is when everyone else seemed to read it). Instead, I was wowed by the levels of humour and social commentary and astute observation and depth within...
AuthorRobert Westall
My response after reading chapters 1 - 5 is, this book so far is going great, im enjoying it very much and i want to keep reading. But I can't as we are reading it as a class. The reason I like Chas because, he really wants to beat Boddser in his Collection of war wreackage, he is really keen on beating him, he even...
AuthorJudith Kerr
Delightful! Mog is so endearing. I loved how Debbie, the girl in the house, sticks by Mog, even when she has her nightmare about a tiger. (That double page illustration is my favorite picture in the book.) The illustrations are cute. The story is mostly funny, with a bit of sadness, and it has a fun twist...
AuthorRaymond Briggs
President Trump has dispatched 15,000 loyal American troops to search under the nation's beds. For the moment, our children are safe. But if the Dems retake the House tomorrow, here are just a few of the items on Nancy Pelosi's list:

○ Increase number of things going bump in the night by 700%.
AuthorMichelle Magorian
I remember first reading this book when I was about 11 or 12 years old. It was a perfect book to read at that age as not only was it a wonderful story that taught me about the toll that a war takes on a child but I also remember identifying with the same awkward adolescent changes and experiences that the protagonist,...
My Naughty Little Sister
AuthorDorothy Edwards
How did I never read this as a child? I'm trying to catch up on classics I someone missed, and this was on the list.

It's a very nostalgic read, but also timeless - small children will always be mischievous, get into scrapes, do naughty and greedy things, and probably after saying sorry, do something...
AuthorElinor M. Brent-Dyer
Well, I've reread about ten of these today (not going to rate them all, thinking of your poor feeds), and I've only got about twenty in the series, which must contain over fifty books...

I tend to divide the copies I've got into two sets. The first set is the beginning of the school, which is a boarding...
AuthorAllan Ahlberg
This witty collection of school poems by Allan Ahlberg, has a cover refresh for a whole new generation of school children to take to its heart. It is full of typical classroom events that will be recognized and enjoyed by everyone - from never-ending projects, reading tests, quarrels, making-up, excuses...
Just William
AuthorRichmal Crompton
There were some quite interesting things to do outside. In the road there were puddles, and the sensation of walking through a puddle, as every boy knows, is a very pleasant one. The hedges, when shaken, sent quite a shower bath down upon the shaker, which also is a pleasant sensation. The ditch was full...
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