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When Josie goes to stay with her cousin Edith, she’s glad to be starting a new life away from the shame that has haunted her family since her brother chose not to fight in the war. But Edith’s friends keep teasing a shy classmate, and when the bullying goes too far Josie faces a dilemma: if she takes a stand, will Edith tell everyone her secret?

A deeply moving account of one girl’s quiet courage set amidst of the terror of the Blitz during the Second World War.

This book was previously published as Historical House: Josie Under Fire.

Book information

Key Stage
ISBN: 9781474954969
Extent: 176 pages
Dimensions: 198 x 130mm

Author information

Ann Turnbull

Ann Turnbull was born in Hertford during World War II. She knew from the age of ten that she wanted to be a writer and has written more than 25 books for children, including Pigeon Summer, which was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Prize. She is married with two children and now lives in the West Midlands with her husband and her tabby cat, Claude.

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