Dawn of Fear
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With World War II raging over London, Derek and his friends are expert at identifying fighter and bomber planes in the sky, and collecting shrapnel from the bomb craters below. They build a secret camp to mirror the anti-aircraft camp at the end of their road—but when their work is sabotaged, they know a tough neighboring gang of boys is to blame. A violent clash with the rival gang, followed by a long night of bombing with a tragic end, shows Derek the reality of war in a way he could never have foreseen.

FROM THE AUTHOR

“This is an autobiographical story (I was Derek). I know that the shape of my imagination, and all its unconscious preoccupations, were molded by my having been a child in war.”

 
AWARDS AND HONORS

Notable Children’s Book, ALA
Horn Book Honor List

PRAISE FOR DAWN OF FEAR
Remarkable . . . A moving chronicle of despair and of courage.
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