Life in a small village is boring now that the war is over, but when a group of children hear of some treasure kept locked in the village, things start to look a bit more interesting
It's September 1939, and Britain has just entered World War II, but in the small town of Golfodd there are no bombs, no soldiers, and no machine guns. For Tom, Mary, Gary, and Dil, the whole thing is a disappointment. They want excitement, but they aren't looking for trouble, so when they start shadowing the mysterious new woman in town, they don't expect it to lead them down to the bottom of the old, rotten mines of Golfodd. That's when things get dark and dangerous.
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Robert Swindells is the author of a number of children's titles, including the Carnegie Medal-winning Stone Cold. Abomination was shortlisted for the Children's Book Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award.From Booklist:
When war breaks out in September 1939, it is half-frightening, half-delicious for Gary, 12, and his three friends in a small English town. His older brother cannot wait to enlist. Everyone talks about hunting spies. Twins Mary and Tom wonder if the glamorous guest at the inn is a German spy. Or is she working to steal the hoard of gold coins stashed in the vault of the museum where Sam’s granddad works as night watchman? Adults will not listen to the kids’ warnings, so the young friends swipe the watchman’s key to steal the coins and hide them from the thieves in the old, disused mine. The constantly switching viewpoints among the kids—and adults, too—get confusing at times. Still, the spy story will attract readers, and so will the survival adventure when the kids get trapped beneath a rockslide underground and come close to dying of thirst. Will the spy-thief report the disaster and save them? Set before the public awareness of horrific bombings and slaughter, Swindells’ novel shows the excitement of the war at home. Grades 6-9. --Hazel Rochman
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