War II Rescue at Drumshee by Cora Harrison
Published by Wolfhound Press Ltd., 2001
by Kilmihil Library Children’s Book Club
This book is set in 1940. Brother and sister, Clive
and Marjorie live in Kent with their father Bob Chandler. Their
mother was killed in a bomb blast the year before. Bob is an RAF
pilot and flies a Spitfire. Marjorie lives in constant fear that
Bob will be killed and that she and Clive will be orphans. Clive
loves the excitement of war and knows all about the different types
of aeroplanes that fly over them in Kent.
Bob decides to send Clive and Marjorie to their
Irish cousins in Drumshee Co. Clare, to escape the dangers of the
war at home. The McMahon’s live on a farm in Kilfenora. Mike
and Maggie and their son James live on the farm.
Visiting them for the summer from America is their daughter Bridget
and her twins Patsy and Paddy, and also their niece Kitty with her
daughter Vivien. Kitty’s son Ed is away in the American merchant
Marjorie and Clive settle in to life in Drumshee
and get on well with their cousins. They camp out and have lots
of fun. They also have to help out on the farm and Marjorie begins
to lose the fears and anxieties that made her so unhappy in England.
However, one day a telegram arrives for Kitty to tell her that Ed’s
ship has been lost at sea, bombed by a German U-Boat. Kitty and
Vivien are beside themselves with worry. To distract Vivien the
children decide to go camping to the Aran Islands. While on Aran
they have an amazing adventure. A German U- boat comes ashore for
fresh water and they discover that Ed is a prisoner on board. They
come up with a daring plan and rescue their cousin and bring him
and his friends back home to Drumshee.
This is one of the Timeline series of books by Cora
Harrison. It was a very popular read by the members of the book
club. They found it very exciting and liked that the book was set
Some said the language used in the book was wonderfully descriptive
and they could picture in their minds eye what was happening. They
would definitely recommend this book to others to read.
10 out of 10.
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