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  • Published: 2 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099582854
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $16.99

Fly Away Home




The award-winning, National Curriculum selected story of a little girl caught up in the Second World War

'The story I'm going to tell is true. It happened to me. It is a tale of Gunpowdertown

Life for Cristal has been upside down for a long time. She can’t even remember a time before the war began. Before potatoes for every meal and bombs raining down from the sky. Before being forced to shelter in the dark, damp cellars. Then one day, Cristal’s home is turned into a pile of rubble and dust five metres high.

But a chance offer saves her family. They move to the safety of a wealthy suburb, camping out amongst the chandeliers and family portraits of someone else’s house. That is until the dreaded Russians roll into Vienna and move in too…

Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can test your knowledge of the book, and learn more about the Second World War

Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

  • Pub date: 2 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9780099582854
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Christine Nostlinger

Christine Nostlinger is one of the most popular writers in Europe today and her books have been translated into many languages. A number of her books have been turned into films in Germany. In 1984 she won the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal. She is married and has two daughters.

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Praise for Fly Away Home

“A triumph, equally accessible to the ten year old and the adult reader”

Leon Garfield

“The way a child sees the second world war through the small details of her life is movingly captured in a beautiful first-person story first published in the 70s”

Guardian

“An engaging tale with ordinary people made extraordinary by circumstances”

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