The Blitz Bus – Glen Blackwell

Published By: Zoetrope Books
Pages: 230
Released On: 04/09/2021

Emmie let out a huge sob – “It’s not a film set”, she cried. She held onto Jack for a moment, then took a step back, closed her eyes and shouted – “WHERE AM I?”

When Jack and Emmie suddenly find themselves transported back to London in 1940, they find a world both familiar, yet very different. As they dodge falling bombs and over-zealous policemen, they befriend Jan – a lonely Polish refugee. Together, they must work out if the shadowy figure they keep seeing is a spy and unlock the secret of getting home again.

This educational story helps to weave current views and historical events together in an exciting adventure which will appeal to both boys and girls between 8 and 12.


Thanks to Glen for sending me a copy of his children’s book in return for an honest review.

This may be aimed at 8-12 year olds, and at almost 30 I’m slightly out of that age range, but I still think it was a really captivating book.

World War 2 can be a difficult topic to breach with young children, but it is a vitally important one, and I think Glen has done it perfectly for his audience. It doesn’t shy away from the hardships experienced during the war, but in an age-appropriate way. I’m sure the war was frightening for children at the time, but I have read stories previously where children are treating it like a game in order to feel calm, and that’s a big part of this book.

We see how the war affects adults as well as younger children, but also older children/younger adults, which is an age group often omitted from history, which is why I think it will appeal to readers of all ages.

I think one reason why it appealed to me as an adult was the nods to real-life history, such as the air raids on the docks, and the tube station disaster. It is entertaining and riveting and educational and thoughtful.

I think there’s definitely scope for a sequel, exploring more of the modern-day adventures, and the friends they left behind.

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