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Award-winning, bestselling and beloved Jacqueline Wilson tells the fascinating, moving story of a girl sent away from home as an evacuee during the Second World War.

September, 1939. As the Second World War begins, ten-year-old Shirley is sent away on a train with her schoolmates. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what’s going to happen to her when she gets there. All she has been told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’.

Shirley is billeted in the country, with two boys from East End London, Kevin and Archie – and their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with the mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives for ever.

Award-winning, bestselling and beloved author Jacqueline Wilson turns to this period of history for the first time, in this beautiful, moving story of friendship and bravery against the backdrop of the worst conflict the world has ever known.

Reviews

A heart-warming story packed with Second World War detail

Daily Express

An emotional and dramatic urgency that will keep readers turning the pages compulsively

Andrea Reece, June 2017 Book of the Month, Lovereading4kids.co.uk

Wilson has an incredible ability to inhabit her child characters so precisely and Wave Me Goodbye will be like Nina Bawden’s Carrie’s War for a new generation of children learning about our country’s past

Belfast Telegraph

Wilson has a gift for striking truths . . . a worthy addition to [her] ever-growing body of work

Rebecca Butler, Books for Keeps

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780440871514

    May 14, 2018

    Yearling

    464 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780857535177

    May 15, 2017

    Doubleday Childrens

    464 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Hardback

    9780857535153

    April 15, 2017

    Doubleday Childrens

    464 pages

    RRP $40.00

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