Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Road Trip Wednesday - When I was Young

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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.

14 comments:

  1. My library doesn't have this book, but they have JUST HENRY, which I put on hold, and they have the DVD of the movie you mentioned, so I put that on hold too (although, I'm #16 - maybe a lot of people around here read your blog!)

    One of the books I loved that was a WWII book when I was a kid was THE UPSTAIRS ROOM by Johanna Reiss.

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  2. I've never heard of this - I'll have to look it up!

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  3. I've never heard of this book but I will have to check it out.

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  4. I haven't heard of this either, but I plan on checking it out. :)

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  5. Sounds interesting! I'm adding it to my list!

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  6. I'm still amazed that I've never heard of certain books. And this is definitely one of them. I'm going to have to find it! Thanks!

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  7. I LOVE Goodnight Mr. Tom, but I haven't read Back Home. I'll definitely find it. Thanks for the great recommendation!

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  8. I haven't heard of this one, but I'm going to hunt it down now! Sounds amazing.

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  9. I haven't heard of Back Home, but now it's on my list!

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  10. Never heard of this before. I was obessed with The Babysitters Club :)

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  11. I haven't read it, but it sounds like it's right up my alley. It's always so brilliant when you discover a book you adored as a kid. I've been known to squeak in public places too ;)

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  12. I've never heard of Back Home! I read Goodnight, Mr. Tom in school (Loved it!) but I must get my hands on Back Home now. It sounds really interesting!

    PS I MISS YOU, ALEXA! COME BACK!

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  13. trunk for a boot? Sounds like an intriguing read!

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  14. Way before it was a cool movie trilogy, I was obsessed with the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I'll have to look for Mr. Tom.

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