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Friday 3 June 2011

Review: Vinnie's War

Twelve-year-old Vinnie’s life is better than ever. Having escaped his foster mother and her tough rules and expectations, he has found a friend and is living in the local pub where he works.

Life is looking up, as he and his new friend share their dreams and play their music.

And then… war.

The explosion of bombs fills London and Vinnie is forced to leave. He meets a family, with whom he is destined to stay, but this is just the beginning.

Once they arrive in the small country town of Netterfold, their own war will begin.

This is a moving story based on real events experience by author McRobbie. Although McRobbie’s experiences were somewhat different (he evacuated with his family), he felt these stories needed to be told.

Readers will agree.

Images of wartime pamphlets and posters, found at the beginning of each chapter, are a poignant addition to the story. Just as illustrations add a certain feel to a picture book, these images complement Vinnie’s story. Fact is stranger than fiction in many instances, and the information made available to those in wartime Europe is certainly an example of that. Readers would laugh at the images and headlines – if they weren’t true.

Vinnie’s War plunges readers into wartime England and takes them on a path of self-discovery with their protagonist.

A dramatic, beautifully narrated story.

Title: Vinnie’s War
Author: David McRobbie
Publisher: Allen and Unwin, $15.99 RRP
Publication Date: 30 May 2011
ISBN: 9781742375762
Format: Paperback
For ages: Young adult
Type: Novel