By Michelle Magorian
This story is based during World War Two and is about a small eight-year-old boy named Willie. After being evacuated from a war-torn area in London he goes to live with Mister Tom, a hard-faced, lonely man. After a while is spent living in Little Weirwold, (that’s what the town is called) Willie not only heals his self-esteem but heals Mister Tom’s broken heart as well.
This story continues as William makes friends and Little Weirwold becomes his home more than London ever was. Back in London he was beaten and thought to always be still and quiet by his cruel mother. But, just as he is beginning to properly enjoy his life with Mister Tom, William is called back to London by his wicked mother, not knowing if he will ever see Mister Tom again.
This book is heart-wrenching and makes you cry as you near the end. It is quite easy to read but at times you would want to put the book back on the bookshelf and start another one because of how sad it is. I would recommend it for ten years and up as it is hard to read some of it because the author wrote the accents in it.