Bruce Carter

The Children Who Stayed Behind

The Children Who Stayed Behind


Brighton is braced for war. It’s a time in history that never happened, and England’s coast has become the front line of the Second World War. Rolls of barbed wire line Brighton Beach, soldiers scan the horizon, people wait nervously for an attack. When an emergency evacuation is announced, people hurry to pack up and get out, but in the panic Drake, Gillian and Sammy miss the last train…

And then, one night, in the deserted city, the pier mysteriously lights up. Which leaves the children wondering – who else got left behind?

In the Backstory you can find out more about the Second World War and hear from Deborah Moggach, the author's daughter, what inspired this wartime tale!

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