Wave Me Goodbye

“Dear Mum, I’ve already been here so long that my red patent shoes don’t fit me any more. But I’m still not used to waking up and hearing the birds outside my window instead of the London traffic. This is such a strange old house, with a huge, wild garden. There’s a brilliant library – Mrs Waverley loves books almost as much as I do. There’s even a mysterious locked room. Maybe it’s hiding a secret? But I don’t like the boys I’m stuck with here. I miss you and Dad. When will the war be over so we can be together again? Love, Shirley x”

It’s September 1939 and London is preparing for the Second World War. As blackout blinds are drawn and air-raid shelters hastily built, ten-year-old Shirley is woken early and told to pack her things. She doesn’t know where she’s going, or what will happen to her when she gets there. All she’s told is that she’s going on ‘a little holiday’. Shirley is evacuated to a quiet village that feels worlds away from home, along with two boys from the East end: wary, troubled Kevin and confident, mischievous Archie. Their experiences living in the strange, half-empty Red House, with mysterious and reclusive Mrs Waverley, will change their lives forever.

Bestselling and beloved author Jacqueline Wilson turns to this period of history for the first time in a beautiful story of friendship, loss and bravery.


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