They got us to read this book when I was in year 9 (14yrs). The teacher said to read one chapter a week but I finished it by the weekend.
A very moving story of a London evacuee taken in my an old gentleman who had lead a rather reclusive life up till then. Will is fatherless and has grown up in a loveless and abusive mother. When he comes to Tom he is a scared little boy who has never had friends and never really had a proper home.
A very moving war time story that every child should read at some point in their lives - and then hand it on to their parents.