"A delight to read" - Historical Novel Society
September 1940. Relentless bombing in London means a rush to safety for Billy's family. This time, sinister cousin Kenneth is evacuated to the country too. While war rages in the background, Kenneth threatens Billy's new-found security, invading both his family and foster home relationships. He doesn't know how Billy protects himself with imaginary power from the precious Cossack sabre. Or does he? When a family catastrophe brings a new threat from Kenneth, Billy needs all his new strengths and skills to face something that will change both boys' futures permanently.
". . . the stark and simple times of wartime Britain superbly evoked with just the simplest of brush strokes . . .gets so well into the mind of a small boy ....truly impressive." Frank Kusy, Rupee Millionaires
"Historically authentic and psychologically insightful. A future classic." G.Polley, Japan