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Carrie's War [Paperback]

Nina Bawden
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July 1 1997 Oxford Playscripts
This adaptation of Nina Bawden's classic children's novel tells the story of Carrie Willow, evacuated with her little brother Nick to rural Wales at the start of World War Two. Carrie and Nick are taken in by Councillor Evans and his timid younger sister, Lou - and encounter Evans' estranged older sister, Mrs Gotobed. At first Carrie just runs errands between the two households - but one day finds herself forced to choose between them. The activity section at the back of the book covers key themes of the play, and also includes detailed background information on the Second World War and the experience of evacuees.

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I doubt that anything will beat this traditional page-to-stage adaptation for ceaselessly involving telling of a cracking story." Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars MARVELLOUS ! ! ! ! Nov. 7 2004
By ,zahra
Format:Paperback
This is a story about world war ll evacuated from london to wales during the second world, carrie and her brother are sentto live with the very strict Mr.Evans.
And over there they also have one of thier friends also evacuated from london and living with the kind hepzibah green & Mr.johny Gotobed
but in trying to heal the breach b/t Mr.Evans & his estranged sister, carrie does the worst thing she ever did in her life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! Oct. 8 2001
Format:Paperback
I'd read Nina Bawden's "The Peppermint Pig" when I was in elementary school, but our library didn't have any other titles by her. The book listed all of Bawden's other titles, but I didn't get to read "Carrie's War" until I was in high school. It's a wonderful story, and a fascinating look into the world of one of the many children sent to stay in the rural British countryside during World War II.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sounded boring, was actually great June 21 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
With the boring front cover and a bland excerpt on the back I thought I would just stop reading the book and throw it away after the first twenty pages. But it really surprised me and was one of my favourite books when I was a couple of years younger.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is about carrie, a girl that was moved, along with her brother Nick, to London to get away from WWII. They are separated from both of there parents and miss them dearly. Mr. Evans, which they are staying with, is an unpleasent man that is strict about going on the carpet. Riiiight Suuuuure
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Book! Oct. 8 2001
By Canasta Jack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'd read Nina Bawden's "The Peppermint Pig" when I was in elementary school, but our library didn't have any other titles by her. The book listed all of Bawden's other titles, but I didn't get to read "Carrie's War" until I was in high school. It's a wonderful story, and a fascinating look into the world of one of the many children sent to stay in the rural British countryside during World War II.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely read, which transports you to world war 2 Britain. Dec 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
Having read this book as a young girl of 11, I am looking forward to reading it to my two young children. It has been many years since I read this book, but it left such an impression, Carrie is forced to become a caretaker of her younger brother at an early age in a time of war, transported to Wales to get away from the bombing in London, it tells a tale of how she tries to find some grounding in a world turned upside down, its a wonderful book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Haunted by Youthful Guilt April 15 2009
By Gale Finlayson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Nina Bawden's 1973 YA story is related with the ring of an authentic WWII memory. One of several books to be inspired by the evacuation of hundreds of London children during the Blitz, Carrie's War appears at first glance to be the experiences of Carrie Willow and her younger brother, Nick, during the long separation from their mother (and father in the Navy). Their wartime odyssey takes them, along with many other evacuees, to a remote mining town in Wales, where the land is devastated by mining interests rather than bombs.

Albeit safe, their life is far from soft in the home of the rigid and
arrogant Councillor, Mr. Evans--their reluctant host. Bullying and mean he seems to relish his role as an ogre; supercilious, stingy with his resources and self-righteous in religious matters, he expects the siblings
to toe the line and cower respectfully in his presence. No deviation from duty and gratitude will be tolerated. The only softening influence in the household is provided by his younger sister, Aunty Lou, who meekly submits to her tyrannical brother. Carrie and Nick soon grow to love her, as they secretly pity her suffocated existence.

Luckier in his Welsh billeting his fellow travelers, tall and scholarly Albert Sandwich is sent to stay at a home in Druid's Bottom--near a forest of ancient yew trees--which local reputation whispers about magical or mysterious undertones of past centuries, when the Celts practiced "the old religion." He stoutly denies that his hostess, Miss Hepzibah Green, is a witch, though she fascinates the children with
her tale of a screaming skull and its curse.

Disguised as a modest YA story Carrie's War actually proves a psychological novel, with plenty of dialogue to maintain teenage
interest, plus mystery and complex human emotions to stimulate more mature readers. Most of the book consists of detailed flashback on the siblings' sojourn in Wales. We soon realize that Carrie is now a mother of several children herself, who has undertaken a sentimental journey with them to revisit the sights which made such lasting impressions
on her 12-year-old mind some thirty years ago. Alas, Carrie is haunted by what she considers her great, immature crime: "it was all my fault," she confesses in anguish, though there was none to condemn her.
She has voluntarily shouldered a heavy burden of guilt, although her adult mind rejects the role of her impetuous, thoughtless action and a legendary curse. Then too she is torn with doubt re the role of Mr. Evans in the disappearance of his older sister's will. "Miss Heart and Mr. Head," as Hepzibah nicknames her and Albert, were united in their love and compassion for her and her mentally-challenged ward, Mr. Johnny. Carrie comes of age in this excellent and fascinating story.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly good book. Nov. 2 2004
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Carrie's war was a good book. I enjoyed every minute of it. The most exciting part of the book was on the journey home form Mr Evans' house, seeing the house in Druids Bottom on fire.It was very tense, but it was good to know that they survived. I was glad when Mrs Evans left Mr Evans as he wasn't treating her very well. It was a good book but I found it a bit hard to follow sometimes. Mabye it was because I was not reading it daily. I would recommend this book to anyone of my age, sightly younger or mabye slightly older. I would like to read other Nina Bawden books as I think she is a great author, I would someday myself like to become an author. If you were to read this book I would suggest that you don't space it out as much as I did and you read it daily. It was an interesting read and I would recommend it to all.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally read it after all these years Aug. 2 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
This book was given to me (in 1973) when I was 11 by my favorite aunt. I kept meaning to read it, but never did. Thank goodness I found it in the attic. I enjoyed it very much. It may appeal to an adult more than a child, which is probably why I didn't read it when it was given to me.
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