Vinnie's War

Vinnie s War The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything and through his experience as an evacuee in World War II finds friendship vocation and a place to belong When Vinnie is sent away from th

  • Title: Vinnie's War
  • Author: David McRobbie
  • ISBN: 9781742375762
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything, and through his experience as an evacuee in World War II finds friendship, vocation, and a place to belong When Vinnie is sent away from the bombs in London, he has no idea what awaits him all he has left of his old life is his harmonica On the train, Vinnie meets fierce Kathleen, sweet Joey, and gangly Dobbs.The story of a homeless boy who starts by losing everything, and through his experience as an evacuee in World War II finds friendship, vocation, and a place to belong When Vinnie is sent away from the bombs in London, he has no idea what awaits him all he has left of his old life is his harmonica On the train, Vinnie meets fierce Kathleen, sweet Joey, and gangly Dobbs The evacuee children find themselves thrown together in the country town of Netterfold, which seems beautiful and peaceful until they meet the locals There is a war raging across Europe, but Vinnie and his friends soon find they have their own war to fight as they face up to terrifying teachers, bad billets, and hostile neighborhood kids who set out to make their lives as vaccies miserable And when things start to go missing, they discover that there are mysteries lurking in Netterfold s shadows, just waiting to be solved Through music and friendship, can Vinnie make peace and finally find a place where he belongs

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      Published :2019-09-07T04:35:00+00:00

    2 thoughts on “Vinnie's War

    1. David McRobbie is a full time writer and lives in Brisbane David is the author of Flying with Granny, Prices, and Mandragora, which was short listed for the 1992 Children s Book Council of the Year Award for Older Readers David s most recent titles, Schemes, Wages of Wayne, This Book is Haunted and Timelock were published in 1993.

    2. Sometime around mid-September 1939, David McRobbie became an evacuee. As Britain sat poised for war, all major towns and ports were seen as prime bombing targets, so he and his family moved from Glasgow to a small town about 56 km away. Vinnie’s War is the story of child evacuees, who weren’t as lucky to travel with their families, and focusses on a boy called Vinnie, who lost everything during a bombing raid of London, including the only people he loved. Vinnie is sent to the country with a [...]

    3. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book, though it's hard to pin down exactly why. It's the story of four children, Vinnie, siblings Kathleen and Joey and tall gangly Dodds. The four of them are evacuated to the country during the second world war, and find themselves in the midst of another battle with the local people.The story is fairly formulaic - especially if you have a fondness for evacuation stories and you've read a few before. There's mean teachers and Famous Five-esque crooks and mean bu [...]

    4. David McRobbie's first-hand experiences as an evacuee child in World War Two inform this fascinating children's book. While ostensibly the story of four children sent away from the bombs in London, it is also a treasure chest of war-time memorabilia including advice on anti-gas helmets for babies, air raid precautions, news clippings, recipes and even messages from the King. It recreates war-torn England in the 1940s from a child's perspective, making it ideal for classroom study in mid-to-upper [...]

    5. David McRobbie writes a book for upper primary children about Vinnie who is sent away from London during the second world war. The author writes with personal knowledge as he was evacuated from Glasgow.This would be a perfect first book for a reader interested in learning more about life during the war as it includes facts and explanations; assuming no prior knowledge.

    6. Reminded me of the stories my Dad told me about his life growing up in London during the war.It would have been a difficult time for children and parents. I enjoyed the story and found Vinnie a likeable character where things did work out after such a sad beginning!

    7. The reviews on Vinnie's War talked about music, pianos, and a need to belong. This will be great, I thought and picked up the book. It didn't quite meet my expectations.The characters had no real depth and the story line, though intriguing and well worth reading, didn't inspire any great revelations or emotions. Everything felt flat. One dimensional. Some chapters, towards the end, wrapped up every little mystery and intrigue that the author had so carefully conjured up. In some chapters you had [...]

    8. Vinnie arrives in Netterfold, along with three new friends; Kathleen & Joey who are brother & sister & Dobbs Szczepanski, short for Dobroslaw. They were taken to were they would be collected to join new homes & families. Dobbs was the first to go, with Mrs. Hall… Then Kathleen & Joey were swept away by Mrs. Watney… Every child had soon left, to leave one left, Vinnie! Vinnie was the last pet in the pet shop… Then it happened after hours of waiting, Mrs. Greenwood, Mrs. [...]

    9. Spoilers below.It’s 1939 and despite his Mum dying of the “double d’s – Drink and Depression” and his foster mother ‘Aunt Vera’ threatening to return him to Welfare, Vinnie Cartwright was a likeable lad. When he finds lodgings at the local pub and meets a young Jewish evacuee, his life improves. Isaac is a talented pianist and teaches Vinnie to play. Vinnie is happy with his new friend and ‘family’ until the roar of the first bombs hit London – the pub – and everyone he has [...]

    10. Great story about Vinnie, Kathleen, Joey and Dobbs, British children who are evacuated from London during the war. The children are treated horribly by most families but Vinnie is treated very well. Miss Armstrong teaches him the piano after she learns about the death of his friend Isaac who died during the bombing. Fiction but some historical facts are included. Took a chance and was rewarded when I read this book- very good writer.

    11. Lovely story about life as a child of war evacuated to the country. Deals with issues of fitting in, loss,friendship, tolerance, standing up for one's rights and doing the right thing.Beautifully written, easy to read, suited for upper primary on.

    12. 2.5 starsThis wasn't a terrible book, but I didn't feel the connection I wanted to have with the characters. If you're looking for a story about wartime evacuees in Britain, you might consider Carrie's War or Good Night, Mr. Tom, instead (or the PBS adaptations of these two books).

    13. Set during World War II, this is an interesting children's novel about evacuee children. Aimed at middle school year levels it is easy to read, informative and a bit of nostalgia for the older reader.

    14. A thoughtful well told story of the war experience of London Evacuee children during WWII. There could have been greater emotional depth in some parts but others felt right-on. I learned things I had not known before about wartime England.

    15. What a great read this was. Written from personal experience the author captures events surrounding the child evacuees from London during WWII. The book is aimed at children however as an adult I found it very emotional but also informative. I would recommend this book to anyone of any age.

    16. This book was a amazing. I loved it. This was one of the books we won at the regional reader's cup. The author made me feel so connected to the character.

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