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Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

Now or Never: A Dunkirk Story

About the Book

Author: Bali Rai

Age Range: 7-11 Years

Publisher: Scholastic

Price: £6.99

Review

Scholastic’s new VOICES strand aims to bring children authentic, unsung stories from the past.

Kicking off the series is this gripping adventure from Bali Rai.

We join 15-year-old Muslim soldier Private Fazal Khan as he runs away from his village home in northern India to the battlefields of WW2.

Initially excited by the prospect of exploring a foreign land, he joins the Royal Indian Army Service Corps and takes on the role of muleteer, caring for some of the company’s 2,000 loyal mules.

However, as Fazal and his friends make their way to Dunkirk, they must deal with bullying and discrimination from fellow soldiers and officers and an act of ultimate betrayal while awaiting evacuation.

Look out for the next instalment in the series this spring – a story about a young African diver in Tudor Britain, written by Patrice Lawrence.

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