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Out of the Blackout
Out of the Blackout
Author: Robert Barnard
With the Nazis bombing London on a nightly basis, many working-class families sent their children to the comparative safety of the countryside. When the Blitz ended, the families came for their kids...but no one ever came for Simon Thorn. His name appears on no list of the evacuated children. And none of his meager belongings offer any clues to ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440167617
ISBN-10: 0440167612
Publication Date: 8/1/1986
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3.3 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Dell
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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This is a well-told story about an orphan in England during WW II. It's got lots of turns and the characters are very well developed. It's a page-turner (I read it in a few sittings). If you like character interaction and a bit of intrigue, this one's for you.
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Excellent mystery! Loved the premise of a young boy being sent away as an evacuee during WWII under a made up name and the quirky way he discovered the truth about his past.
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1941 England: A train arrives in the countryside bringing children to safety - "Out of the Blackout" and air strikes of London. But, after all are accounted for and shuttled into care-taker families one boy is leftover - not on the the list. He says he is 5-years old. He says he is Simon Thorn. He says he lives on Sparrow Street. He is clean, well-mannered, and his clothes neatly mended. He has sobbing nightmares.
Dot and Tom Cutheridge, a childless couple are delighted with Simon and ask no probing questions. Not then. Not ever. If there's a mum wanting Simon back it's her responsibility to make the claim. Simon is happy with that arrangement until, in London on an Oxford scholarship, he stumbles across a familiar street, a door - a place he is certain he once lived. An itching desire to know is ignited; slowly at first...then drawing Simon into a dangerous sub-culture of hate as he uncovers a past better left to rot. Enthralling. ~Angie Lund
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A superb mystery!