Extract From The Kid on Slapton Beach
Twelve year old Harry is one of three thousand people leaving the Devon coast, but why do they all have to go?
The wireless was on now and Harry could smell the cooked soup. He opened his bedroom door a crack. His little sister was fast asleep. His mother was curled up on the sofa by the wireless. He wondered if she might be crying. He wanted to go out there and sit beside her and listen with her like Daddy used to, so she wouldn’t be by herself. Instead he took the bowl of soup from the floor beside his door and pulled back inside. He sat on his bed eating it. It was warm and delicious and comforting. Afterwards he lay on the bed watching the shadows on the wall in the lamp light and looking at the photograph of his dad.
He could hear the hum of the wireless and Mr Churchill was saying:
We did not undertake this task because we had counted the cost, or because we had carefully measured the duration. We took it on because duty and honour called us to it, content to drive on until we have finished the job.
This book is beautiful. You can’t stop reading even though you don’t want it to end. Actress June Brown – Dot Cotton in East Enders
Superb on so many levels. A wonderful book! Michelle Magorian, author of ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’
The Kid on Slapton Beach
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