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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 It has been a long

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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 I found this book t

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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

  • Paperback
  • 157
  • Dawn of Fear
  • Susan Cooper
  • English
  • 08 March 2020
  • 9780152662011

About the Author: Susan Cooper


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 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 isn't sensationalised they have grown up with bombs so the nightly raids are merely a backdrop to their preoccupations of building a den and their rivalry with the kids from a different streetThe clever trick Susan Cooper pulls is to show dawning adulthood creeping into these activities awareness of conflict and violence doesn't come from Nazi bombs it comes from their own suabbles though the connection eventually becomes clear in the most gut wrenching way It isn't showy it isn't glamorous but it's a sophisticated piece of writing and in spite of the straightforward style Cooper captures something immensely poignant about the way boys on the cusp of adolescence interactWorthy of a far wider audience is it even in print any ?

  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 live under the constant threat of Nazi invasion The story is set within the streets homes and wilderness around the town within which they live and follows the boys' exploits as they go about creating their own shelter to protect themselves from the bombing What struck me was how insightful Cooper's writing and observations of childhood were I caught myself thinking that the way the boys acted the reasons why and the thoughts that Derek the main character has seemed 'right' These are considerations that I had not reflected upon before reading this Signs of Childness in Children's Books but which have gone on to make my reading for astute Told in chapters set as days rather than numbers Cooper's tale is much cleverer than it first appears Throughout the idea of war is one of great emotional disconnect to Derek and his friends it is only in a powerful moment that the reality of the event strikes home

  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 acknolwedged best The Machine Gunners and this earlier book pales in comparison It's not bad just not great and once you've read one of these so much is redundant

  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 draws on her own experiences of the 1939 1945 war and is very good at capturing the way it has distorted these children's sense of normality air raids are tinged with excitement rather than fear older teenagers going off to fight are hero worshipped games and fantasies revolve around weapons ambushes and secret camps Yet as the War draws closer to them the children start to see terrifying glimpses of real adult emotions fear grief and angerThe plot hinges on one particularly powerful shock one that changes the direction of the story Cooper delivers this with substantial force deliberately breaking the boundaries of what readers expect from a story about children aimed at children Reading as an adult I expect it is harrowing because we realise the full impact it has on the characters the way it brutally and irretrievably marks the end of their innocence My edition was marketed as being for readers of ten and above but Dawn of Fear is considerably darker and bleaker than most fiction intended for this age group It is also rather brilliant Not only is it a powerful evocation of the War from a child’s eye view keeping the experience alive for future generations lucky enough to experience nothing even remotely similar; it also tells a timeless story of lost innocence and the darkness that even children carry in their hearts

  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 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

  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 touch on terrible things there always seems to be some light thrown in as well at least for kids' books but this was just lacking Pure darkness with no redemption or explanation for its place in the story I would not recommend

  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 continue to build their den go to school fight off the neighbouring street's children who destroy their den and wonder for there are undercurrents they sense the grown ups know about Even the nightly air raids are adventures not seriously scary Over the nine busy days of the story Derek changes from the boy who thinks war is exciting who collects shrapnel and enjoys watching the dog fights to one who understands war as destruction and death Susan Cooper's skills turn this difficult subject into one any child can understand It is also a book which would give a youngster an understanding of what it was like during WWII seen through the eyes of Derek someone their age and a likeable character Whilst I've made the novel sound like a history text which it could be used for in fact it is a cracking good read as are all Susan Cooper's books

  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 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

  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 Overall I was disapointed in this book I never fell in love with the characters because they just never revealed themselves to me The author tries to throw in some deepness at the end of the book but it's too little too late An extra thing the artwork on the cover does not happen in the book which I found interesting since I found the book to be a let down when it came to substance

  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 between them and the 'Children from the White Road' And like many such books things are 'smashing' and 'beastly'But there's a darker side to book we see the war in the background and how they don't know a life without it They don't fully understand the dangers and long to be closer to the excitement delaying going into shelters to try see a dogfight It's not till the end of the book that they suddenly appreciate how awful the war isI wanted to enjoy this book but I found for me there was a bit much on their camp and mud ball fights etc which dragged on It emphasises the impact of the ending on the ordinary boys but it feels rather flat and uninteresting Which is a shame as seeing how their view on the war they are living in develops felt uite skillfully done

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