Friday, April 14, 2006

From My "Young Adult" Book Shelves

       BACK HOME  by Michelle Magorian

This was a very good book; for an adult or a teen girl.  It is the story of a twelve-year-old English girl who returns to her home in England after having spent five years in America as an evacuee during WWII.  There are so many differences between the cultures of the two countries and between her family and the family she lived with in America, not to mention the difference in herself between the ages of eight and twelve.

When she gets home she has to get reacquainted with her mother and deal with boarding school and the restrictions normally placed on a girl her age that she hadn't had in America.  The story is so well told, the characters multi-faceted, and the journey they take is one we all take to some extent when faced with the everyday changes of normal life.

I would recommend this book to anyone.   It is a Harper Trophy winner and was published in 1984 by HarperCollins Publishers, Ltd.  The author also wrote GOOD NIGHT, MR. TOM.

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