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