Book: Intrusion (A Relative Invasion Book 1) by Rosalind Minettcategories: Book, WWII, Suspense, Psychological, Children, Rivalry, Family Relationships, Historical Fiction
Rosalind Minettabout this book: Two boys, one innocent, one manipulative, thrown together by the advent of WW2. Sturdy Billy has a more comfortable home while frail Kenneth is devious, jealous and very talented. His porcelain looks and charming manners deceive the four parents into believing everything he says. The boys' rivalry develops with the background of London in 1937-1940, when the bombing begins. You'll love Billy; you may hate Kenneth...or begin to understand. "Historically authentic and psychologically insightful. A future classic." Amazon.
"This well-executed emotional drama" (Historical Novel Society) includes psychological bullying, sibling rivalry, and 1940s parenting practices. The secondary story of the Cossack sabre touches upon a lesser known aspect of the first world war and adds another layer to the tale.
An early draft of A Relative Invasion was runner-up in the Yeovil Prize (novel) and also gained a full critique from Harper Collins writers' site: "—a powerful and compelling narrative with strong and relatable characters… The author is deft in capturing that sense of tightly controlled emotions in the parents' characters…it foreshadows the violence about to erupt in Europe..."
Although written for adults, the first two books are useful for enriching the WW2 history curriculum for older children.
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