Omnibus Books, Scholastic
In 1939, fourteen-year-old Tom Hanlan lives in Hay in rural Australia, dreaming of bigger things. But then World War 2 is declared, two of his brothers join the army to fight in faraway Europe, and Tom must take his place in the family bakery.
In Germany, Max Gruber’s life is disrupted when Hitler declares war on Poland. He is sent to stay with his Uncle Ferdy in London, and soon both of them are shipped as ‘enemy aliens’ to Australia on the Dunera, and then to an internment camp in Hay.
Tome and Max form a fast friendship, findiing they share hopes and dreams. Both long to escape. But escaping your life isn’t easy, especially when the world is at war, life is chaotic and everything has gone haywire.
Shortlisted NSW Premier’s History Awards 2020