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Derek and his friends living outside of London during World War II find plenty of opportunities to explore bomb craters collect shrapnel and identify the fighter planes that fly overhead When a bomb hits close to school causing classes to be canceled the boys are overjoyed They can spend the day building their secret camp But when their work on the camp is sabotaged a tough neighboring gang is to blame A violent clash with the rival gang—followed by a long night of bombing close at hand—change forever Derek's feelings about the war


10 thoughts on “Dawn of Fear

  1. says:

    Not as sensational as 'The Machine Gunners' less ostentatiously sophisticated than 'Fireweed' but of all the blitz stories I read as a child this is the one that stuck with me most It doesn't seem to have made it onto the popular lists of great WW2 children's literature and unable to remember the title I hadn't tracked it down until stumbling across it in a library a couple of weeks ago What an experience to find on every page images and events that have remained with me with incredible clarity after 28 years though it's hardly surprising given the simple effectiveness of the writingPerhaps it hasn't sustained a wider readership because unlike other children's books with a WW2 setting it doesn't have much of a 'hook' there's no extraordinary inciting event no unique selling point it simply portrays the lives of three boys living through the blitz Even that isn't sensationalised they have grown up with bombs so the nightly raids are merely a backdrop to their preoccupations of building a den and their rivalry with the kids from a different streetThe clever trick Susan Cooper pulls is to show dawning adulthood creeping into these activities awareness of conflict and violence doesn't come from Nazi bombs it comes from their own squabbles though the connection eventually becomes clear in the most gut wrenching way It isn't showy it isn't glamorous but it's a sophisticated piece of writing and in spite of the straightforward style Cooper captures something immensely poignant about the way boys on the cusp of adolescence interactWorthy of a far wider audience is it even in print any ?