A classic. Willie Beech is an evacuee and when he arrives in a country village a reluctant Tom Oakley agrees to look after him. Willie is shy and frightened and Tom is harsh, however, as the the two get to know each other they form a strong bond. When Willie is called back to London, Tom knows that something is wrong... A touching story with some quite serious issues.
NB Serious issues - Willie is beaten by his mother and when he returns to London he finds his baby sister dead in the under-stairs cupboard.
A quite brilliant story but can be quite long for a class read aloud.