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SUMMARY Dawn of Fear

Verhead 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. Aspects of this were interesting about air raid shelters for example and Susan Cooper writes very rounded and emotionally believable boys Whether I entirely want to believe them is another matter The book s main view of masculinities was very problematic for all that it was at least plural and relied pretty heavily on both heterosexuality and misogyny The portrayal of grief was pretty well depicted for all that the entire book read as a sort of stretched out short story but maybe that s what children s books used to becertainly I didn t mind the lack of cliff hangers Best to remember how dated it is when reading this one I think

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Dawn of Fear

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 o. 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 uniue selling point it simply portrays the lives of three boys living through the blitz Even that i

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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. DNF did not finishI started reading this AGES ago I was pretty young at the time but I couldn t get into it and it was dark and depressing It s a fictionalized semi autobiography of the author s experiences as a child during the bombing of London in WWII so obviously horrific the so because it s largely true For those interested in such things they might find it interesting But it doesn t seem like it s for children to me anyway and I don t know it just wasn t for me I guess I glanced at the end and it looked pretty sad so I decided not to finishNot rating it since I didn t read the whole thing


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 a

  2. says:

    It has been a long time since I picked up a Susan Cooper book the last being Over Sea Under Stone I thought Dawn of Fear was a wonderful story partly autobiographical in which Cooper follows the story of three friends who l

  3. says:

    While the peculiar exploits of British children during WWII were commonplace I'm not sure there is room for that many great juvenile historical fiction books describing these times I recently read one of the acknol

  4. says:

    I read Susan Cooper's fantasy series The Dark is Rising seuence as a teenager but don't remember if I ever read Dawn of Fear At any rate for some reason I kept this very slim volume when the Dark is Rising novels went to the charity shop Having read it again now I rather regret giving away the other booksDawn of Fear is the story of three fairly ordinary schoolboys who happen to be growing up at a very extraordinary time Cooper

  5. says:

    Aspects of this were interesting about air raid shelters for example and Susan Cooper writes very rounded and emotionally believable boys Whether I entirely want to believe them is another matter The book's main view of masculinities was very problematic for all that it was at least plural and relied pretty heavily on both

  6. says:

    I found this book to be very unappealing First it was dry and didn't have anything that hooked me right away Second there was some awfulness that just seemed to grow and grow without much resolution And yes I do understand that most WWII books

  7. says:

    Susan Cooper always writes well This is one of her deceptively simple books On the face of it the story is an uncomplicated children's story but it is as the title suggests about learning what fear really is For Derek and his friends Peter and Geoffrey think the war is as Derek's father said of their attitude 'Just a great game' They conti

  8. says:

    DNF did not finishI started reading this AGES ago I was pretty young at the time but I couldn't get into it and it was dark and depressing It's a fictionalized semi autobiography of the author's experiences as a c

  9. says:

    Young Derek is trying to grow up during the bombing of London He learns lessons about sacrifice and fear in a world we can't control

  10. says:

    Most of this book seemed to be an old fashioned story for boys Set in World War II it follows three boys Peter Derek and Geoffrey and their lives living on a street at that time We see them build a secret camp and the tensions betwe