It all started when one morning after spending the night in the air raid shelter Penny, her mother and Brother Peter came home to find that their house had fallen victim to one of the many World War ll bombings. Needing someplace to live Penny and Peter were evacuated to a small town near Yorkshire. They are soon living with Uncle Jan and Aunt Lena. Much to their dismay they soon discover that they are being used and are not treated very well. Happily they begin to make friends, start school and discover a british restaurant. Everything seems at least okay until their village gets bombed and their caretakers seem to have something to do with it.
This is an amazing book that I devoured in one sitting. I recommend Penny’s War to ages 10-12. Although it is a very short book I feel as though there is still wonderful character development. When I read it I found myself completely attached to Penny and Peter. I always felt like I was in the book, not just observing from the outside. Many times I found myself scared when Penny is in great danger and joyful when she meets new kind people. This is a wonderful book that at times was so suspenseful I had trouble finishing the page I was on because I was so excited for whatever would come next.