Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Road Trip Wednesday – When I was Young
This Weeks Topic – What books were you obsessed with as a Kid?
This is such a timely question for me!
On my first trip to check out how Waterstone’s Children and Teens department compares to Barnes and Nobels what book should I find prominently displayed?
Back Home by Michelle Magorian. My very favourite book from when I was young. I admit I let out a little shriek and grabbed it.
I am so happy this book is still being read, and loved, and promoted because it is just wonderful.
The main character Rusty is sent to the US during WW2. The story begins when she returns home and finds she doesn’t fit in. I vividly remember loving that Rusty used all these strange words, like trunk for boot.
It was also the first book (that I remember reading) that dealt with the themes of home and family and identify. Themes which still fascinate me and which I love both reading and writing about.
Have any of you read Back Home?
I also adored her other WW2 book, Goodnight Mr Tom, which was made into a film starring John Thaw in 1998. If you can find it on DVD get it, is it wonderful. Even thinking about the last scene makes me tear up.