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Nick was frightened of ogres and spiders and crabs and cold water and the dentist and dark nights, but he wasn’t afraid of Mr Evans, even after that first dreadful night, because Mr Evans had false teeth that clicked when he talked.

Bombs are falling on London when Carrie and Nick are sent away. Wartime evacuees billeted in Wales, they stay with bullying old Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister. Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid’s Bottom with Hepzibah Green and the strange Mr Johnny. But the old house is tainted by the Screaming Skull’s ancient curse. When Carrie does a terrible thing, will it haunt them all forever? This timeless story of two evacuees transported to rural Wales brilliantly evokes the Second World War era.

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Paperback

ISBN

9780140306897

Date published

January 17th, 2003

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 6.0 points

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  • 208 pages
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  1. Avatar owl 761790

    PenguinPenguin3
    on 10 June 2014

    It might not be the most challenging book in the world but I still loved it! I think different people may have different opinions about it but I think out of the many books about war I have read this is one of the best!

    5out of 5
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    aquamarinebamboo
    on 1 January 2014

    We read it as a class at our primary school and we were so bored! We ended up watching the film and even that was slightly boring. Not the book for me.

    2out of 5
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    Munimunibahbah
    on 24 March 2013

    The best book I have read about war

    5out of 5
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    Helloioioi
    on 8 March 2013

    i can tell you peaple for a fact that this book is very sad but it is really good.

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    lap312i
    on 6 March 2013

    the blurb seems as sad as a girl on the picture in the cover page

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    ellie-melay27
    on 5 March 2013

    even though this is quite a short book, i loved it!it was truly beautiful yet sad

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    TwilightTeamEdward
    on 5 March 2013

    I found this book boring.

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    catlover96
    on 4 March 2013

    A great historical fiction book! It caught my full attention at once. It’s a great classic and very memorable.

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    MaYaM-XD
    on 27 May 2012

    This heartwarming story is about a World War Two evacuee called Carrie, and her brother, Nick, who were evacuated to a Welsh town. They find themselves living above a grocer’s shop. Mr Evans, who wanted two girl evacuees, is an ogre-like bully. On the other hand, his sister, Auntie Lou, is loving and and eager to help the siblings in any way she can. This book is written by Nina Bawden, in 1973.

    In Mr. Evans’s house, all things plain are regard to with respect (even walking on the stairway carpet more than twice a day is considered a luxury). However, when the children are sent to Druid’s Bottom to fetch the Christmas goose from Mr. Evans’s estranged sister, Mrs. Gotobed, they discover a new and welcoming world of warmth and plenty. The house is managed by Hepzibah Green, a kindly, self-professed witch, assisted by the tongue-tied Mister Johnny, a simple-minded cousin of Mrs. Gotobed’s. Also living on the premises is Albert Sandwich, a fellow evacuee who Carrie befriended earlier. Druid’s Bottom provides a magical refuge to which the children return as often as possible. Hepzibah casts spells with stories, including the matter of the resident ancient skull and its curse. The dying Mrs. Gotobed, Mr Evans’ and Auntie Lou’s elder sister, gives Carrie a mysterious last message to deliver to Mr. Evans after her death. Carrie doesn’t quite grasp the meaning and, with the best of intentions, relays the message with dire consequences. Did Carrie bring down a curse on those she loved by doing the worst thing she ever did in her life? It is only when Carrie returns to Druid’s Bottom as an adult that she learns the fate of her friends. And it is only then that she is able to fully understand her experiences there as a young evacuee.

    This exciting novel is from the point of view of Carrie Willow; polite girl with green eyes, long dark hair and is fairly short. Being very protective over her brother, she always tries to keep him out of trouble. But, at one point, she feels betrayed, when she finds out Nick has been keeping secrets from her… Nick; funny, dark haired and navy eyed, cute, and very truthful. Hating Mr Evans, and hating Carrie when she sticks up to him, he is very friendly with Auntie Lou. In addition to that, (like Carrie) he is also very friendly with Albert Sandwich; a clever, geeky evacuee, Hepzibah; said to be a witch, but too kind and caring, Mr Johnny; a distant cousin of the Gotobed and very good with cows, Mrs Gotobed; elder sister of Mr Evan and Auntie Lou, is kind and good humourdly and leaves carrie a message for Mr Evans; nasty, mean and really bad tenmpered, he takes in Carrie and Willow and works in his shop: Samuel Isaac Evans Retail Grocer, Auntie Lou; kind, caring and scared of Mr Evan’s, she eventually escapes from him and gets married in America.

    The book itself is not bad; in text size or in amount of pictures. The text size is standard, and a picture is given before each chapter. This will allow us to imagine the picture more, and therefore a minimal (or none) amount of pictures would be ideal. This amazing book pulls you straight into it, even if you read it after a long time frame.

    We enjoyed this book very much, and has a fabulous storyline. It takes us back in time to offer more and more little pieces of information and in the end they all fit together to create a generally brilliant plot! We rate this book 9/10 as it provides everything a perfect book needs.

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    mutemath4ever
    on 2 March 2012

    This is a great book ! I really enjoyed reading it. It has a fabulous storyline. The book is set in WW2 where bombing, rationing and death are all figures. The story follows Carrie an evacuee and her story of an unlikely friendship. Great read ages 10+

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    sadiyah101
    on 7 January 2012

    i love this book i am reading it at school. (:

    5out of 5
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    Hezzy
    on 29 September 2011

    This book was sad. It described the war and troubles people faced at that time well. I read it as part of a group in English. It was an exilent read for me.

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    SumehraA1
    on 7 June 2011

    I really really like this book in school we had 2 read it we were learning about Carries WAR! It’s really really good we also watched the movie I got SCARED! When Carrie has 2 go back home she looks out the window in the train and Druids bottom that house was on fire and she started 2 SCREAM! Out so loud I find that UPSETTING!I also recommend this book and I give it 4 stars out of 5 (4/5) xoxo,

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    fruitycat113
    on 16 January 2011

    So good. I would recommend. Everything was fab.

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    cutiewootie00
    on 6 November 2010

    its really good so far!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

    5out of 5
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    kitty94
    on 17 May 2010

    I have not read this book but some people have said it is good some people are saying it is bad. Once I’ve read it I will decide hopefully. I might not even finish it i’m reading so many other books I’m a total book worm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M IN THE WORLD OF BOOKS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Hermione2010
    on 29 April 2010

    Carrie’s War is a good book. It is a bit spooky though. It is a very good portrayal of WWII. I would also recomenned other Nina Bawden’s.

    4out of 5
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    Cupcake2010
    on 22 April 2010

    This book is great. Its a great story line and has a great ending. I would recommed this to the ages of 10-12 years.

    4out of 5
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    indigobeam
    on 20 April 2010

    Carrie’s war is a emotional, funny, sad, happy, fantastically written book! It has so many things that you want a book to have. Although it is a bit old-fashioned, Carrie’s war is the perfect example of a book well written.

    5out of 5
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    h-1-b
    on 13 October 2009

    “Nick was frightened of ogres and spiders and crabs and cold water and the dentist and dark nights, but he wasn’t afraid of Mr Evans, even after that first dreadful night, because Mr Evans had false teeth that clicked when he talked.”

    Bombs are falling on London when Carrie and Nick are sent away. Wartime evacuees billeted in Wales, they stay with bullying old Mr Evans and his timid mouse of a sister. Their friend Albert is luckier, living in Druid’s Bottom with Hepzibah Green and the strange Mr Johnny. But the old house is tainted by the Screaming Skull’s ancient curse. And when Carrie does a terrible thing, will it haunt them all forever? but…...................

    5out of 5
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    Bloom77
    on 9 July 2009

    I have read this and it was upsetting, not the best book. Recomendit for people who love world war 2.

    3out of 5
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    Ben05
    on 6 June 2009

    Carrie’s War is based on the dreadful time of WWII. Carrie is talking to her children about the time when she was evacuated to a Welsh village. . This is Nina Bawden’s best story – Keeping Henry is nowhere near as good! If I said that this book was not tremendous, I would be completely lying! I’d better stop here before I give away too much information!

    5out of 5
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    hockeycrazy999
    on 2 June 2009

    Carrie’s War written by Nina Bawden is a powerful novel that makes you feel like your in the story with Carrie.The book itself is about a girl Carrie and her brother Nick evacuated in typical war time Britain to wales to a remote village. The story is about how Carrie learns how to adapt to her evacuation parents and other things.It is a gripping novel and i would recommend it to everyone.

    5out of 5
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    lizziegem
    on 11 January 2009

    this so cool. it is a good because we read the life of childern who have been evatated.

    5out of 5
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    Brownies17
    on 8 September 2008

    It was dramatic when Carrie did the terrible thing. When she did it, I felt like crying.

    3out of 5
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    dylly1101
    on 4 June 2008

    it is a really good book

    5out of 5
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    butler
    on 15 May 2008

    i am reading this book in school amd so far i think it is amazing i love it

    5out of 5
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    Beyblade1
    on 10 May 2008

    This book was extremely touching as it is based on war times

    3out of 5