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Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Review: Fireweed

It’s the middle of World War II when fifteen-year-old Bill runs away from the Welsh farm where he was evacuated. He returns to London to find his home empty.

Realising he can’t go back to Wales and that there is no one to help him in London, survival is his only goal and it is a struggle; until he meets Julie.

Together they avoid the authorities, sleep wherever they think it is safe and work out ways to make a meagre living. They even manage to create a space that feels like home.


Their tale of survival and friendship amidst bombs and destruction is short but vivid.

Fireweed is a keeper, but be warned: if you don’t want any clues or possible spoilers in advance, skip the foreword.

Title: Fireweed
Author: Jill Paton Walsh
Publisher: Hot Key Books, $12.99 RRP
Publication Date: 2013 reprinted from 1969 (Macmillan & Co)
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471401749
For ages: 12+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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