ACHUKA Book of the Day 18 Jul 2023
“We are huge fans of Robin Scott-Elliot’s historical fiction for young people. His books are thoughtful and thought-provoking, packed with drama, empathy and brilliant characters – perfect for tweens and early teens.” Parrot Street Book Club
Berlin, 1948. A city besieged. A boy reaches for the sky.
Otto Hartmann would do anything to be a pilot. With Berlin blockaded by the Soviets, the Americans fly to the rescue and Otto is captivated by the matinee-idol pilots dropping chocolate for the city’s hungry kids. But never mind the Hershey bars, he wants to be up there with them.
Otto has to choose between those he loves or flying from a ruined city where danger lurks around every corner. And nobody is who they seem, but children are battling to survive in a desperate war-torn city.
As a child, my mum lived in Berlin in the early ’50s – my grandad was part of the British occupation army. They were given a large house to live in which had belonged to the Nazi propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels. My mum has some vivid memories of the house and life in Berlin. She remembers the housekeeper’s husband coming home from nearly 10 years in a Russian prison camp. I’ve used some of her experiences in the book – and based a character on her, although I’ve not told her that yet.
The author, speaking to The Bookseller
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