Sometimes I stumble across a fascinating book that is very unusual and I just have to share it with you. This is one of those. There is no sponsor on this and honestly, I don’t know where to buy this book. (Note – found it on Amazon.UK) My MIL loaned me this book the other night when we were discussing another book about a child evacuated during WWII. This brought this story to mind for her and so she went and found the book for me.
Evacuated is by Joan Davidson. As the cover states, it is “a remarkable story of two sisters” who were evacuated from Guernsey at the start of the war. It is a true story told from Joan’s point of view. She is five years old at the start of the story. She comes home at the end of the book when she is 10.
The island of Guernsey decided to evacuate their children because they were the first place where Germany would attack. In order to protect their children, the parents made a decision that was full of heart-ache and pain – to send their children away to protect them from the Germans. It was an important decision they made as their island was invaded.
Many of the children had wonderful experiences. Some had a mixed bag. Joan and her sister Brenda had a bit of both, being forced to move a number of times before ending up on a farm. Their story is one of hope and change, struggle and adaptation.
The story of Joan and Brenda did not take long to read. Maybe 2 hours? It was enjoyable and interesting to read a first hand account of what the children went through. This is another of those unique books that really bring to life the difficulties regular people faced in WWII.