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Demons of Dunkirk

Demons of Dunkirk Binding: Paperback, 160 pages
ISBN: 9781906132477
UK £7.99
Format: 198mm x 129mm

BISAC Code: JUV002050, JUV016020


Charlie's mother and father work at a Spitfire factory in
the fishing port of Hamble. After a run in with a brutal
instructor on the naval training ship Mercury, the
teenager finds himself on the run from the British navy.
His father hooks him up with William - the Captain of the
a fishing boat called the White Feather. A few days
later, the pair find themselves caught up in the most
heroic retreat of WW2 - the Dunkirk evacuation.

Reviews say:
'This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to Dunkirk lay his demons to rest? Packed with historical facts but written as fiction this is a great aid to pupils studying WW2 but also a thrilling read and a crucial reminder to children today of what their ancestors did in preventing what would have resulted in an entirely different country had the UK been invaded by the Nazis.'
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The most heart-breaking part is when he has to leave behind a three legged dog called Hopper. The bit I liked the best was when they freed the man from underneath the plane. I would recommend this book to people who like war stories. Angel - Year 6 (11 years old)

Demons of Dunkirk is an emotional perspective of the evacuation of Dunkirk during WW2. This book is about a boy named Charlie who is only 14 years old, yet goes to war. Charlie has a traumatic time because everyone he meets at war dies or disappears from his life in some way. I would highly recommend this book to people who love tear-jerking stories, or tales of war. Paul Nolan has written an amazing demonstration of what it was like to be a soldier in WW2 and what it would be like to be in the soldier's shoes.
Georgia - Year 6 (11 years old).

'Nolan's clearly expressed, yet evocative writing creates a fast paced, exhilarating story for the reader, and to the very last page, presents a sincere tale of hardship and heroism.'

About the author
English teacher Paul Nolan left the
classroom behind to write historical fiction.
He lives near Winchester with his
two sons. Paul says:
'Whilst researching a history lesson on the Dunkirk evacuations, I stumbled upon the amazing story of Charles Lightoller, the most
senior surviving crewmember of the Titanic.
Many had labeled him as a coward, and over
the years that followed he was racked by
guilt. This story of redemption really
resonated with the children I was teaching. It
inspired the idea of a WW 1 Conscientious
Objector, restoring his reputation by
assisting in the Dunkirk evacuation. I wanted
the story to be told through the eyes of a
child and that's where Charlie Jones (the
central character in of Demons of Dunkirk) comes in.'

'We're nearer hell than home now Charlie, the great
man said, as we looked to the huge pillars of smoke,
that spiraled above the beaches. We were there to save
the soldiers; little did I know that soon I would need rescuing myself."