What was life like for Kitty, a ten year-old Jewish Londoner during the early months of WWll? Young Kitty authors this memoir that recounts the range of experiences of the evacuated children. In some instances the foster families were understanding and supportive, while in other homes the children were treated as mere servants. Kitty recounts life in a country village amongst unwelcoming local children and under the thumb of a dour and cold taskmaster. She is a spirited, determined youngster whose mind is set upon returning to London. After all, the anticipated bombing has not yet materialized and she wants to go home. The story leaves little doubt that Kitty presented a challenge to the adults in her life. More uncertain are questions posed in her account: what will happen when the Blitz begins? Will Kitty remain in the countryside and adjust to her situation or will she be allowed to remain in London? Although her attitude and actions are irritating at times, Kitty draws the reader into her emotions and responses to situations. She is a very strong engaging character, even at her young age. The style and language of the memoir are simple enough for a nine year-old, but still appropriate for a 12 or 13 year-old reader.
Naomi Kramer is a retired reading consultant teacher who developed curriculum for using literature to educate children and adults in the history of the Holocaust. She is a docent and educator at the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Education Center of Nassau County.