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While the Storm Rages: The eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of When the Sky Falls

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The characters are realistic, and you want to cheer for them on their adventure. Their cause is a noble one and keeps the reader on their edge of their seat waiting to see what will become of the characters and their beloved pets. When he learns of the government recommendation to have pets put down before the bombs start falling, Noah is devastated. He adores Winn and is terrified that, if he breaks his promise to keep her safe, Dad may not return from the war. Noah hastily devises a plan to transport Winn – and as many other animals as he can – to safety. Pride that they had done the right thing in saving these wonderful animals, and resolve that now they had come so far, they would never give up. Not until their fight had been won."

While the Storm Rages | Phil Earle | 9781839132056 | NetGalley While the Storm Rages | Phil Earle | 9781839132056 | NetGalley

This book made me cry and cry and cry! I kinda knew it would! I love books with animals at its centre, and this one is based upon true events! The characters are great, and the animals are adorable, I would happily have given them all a wonderful new home in the countryside. I highly recommend this books, for children and adults alike, though I feel perhaps an adult may want to read it alongside younger readers, or read it beforehand, as you do get attached and a little upset in places. How did your main character, Joseph, develop? How well do you know your main characters before you start to write?While the Storm Rages is the eagerly awaited new novel from the bestselling author of When the Sky Falls: The Times Children's Book of the Year, winner of the Books Are My Bag Readers Award for Children's Fiction, winner of the British Book Award for Children's Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Firstly, I'd like to start off by saying an enormous 'thank you' to both the author, Phil Earle, and the wonderful publishing team at Andersen Press for gifting me with an advanced reading copy, in exchange for an honest review.

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A story in which courage and love between human and animal are central in a heartbreaking era of our history. It's a great question and I'm not entirely sure. I think it's to do with them being underdogs. I'm definitely intrigued by characters who seem to have very little going for them. I like the idea that they could rise up and astound everyone with what they achieve.When the Sky Falls, set during 1941, gives a very real feel for life at the time and what it must have been like to endure air raids - how did you find so much detail about this? As Noah Price’s dad marches off to fight, heasks his son to honour one vital promise: thathe will keep their dog, Winn, safe. No matterwhat. Noah agrees, but his best intentions arecrushed when the government advises peopleto have their pets put to sleep as part of thewar preparations. Children are heartbroken,queues outside vets’ surgeries stretch for miles.

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