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Demons of Dunkirk

Written by Paul Nolan

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4 Adventure Stories Historical Fiction

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This is an unputdownable adventure story woven around the evacuation at Dunkirk and then the D-Day landings but from a different angle in that the boy in the story is a conscientious objector but can the help he brings to Dunkirk lay his demons to rest?  Packed with historical facts but written as fiction this is a great aid to pupils studying WW2 but also a thrilling read and a crucial reminder to children today of what their ancestors did in preventing what would have resulted in an entirely different country had the UK been invaded by the Nazis. 

A message from the author, primary school teacher Paul Nolan : “Whilst researching a history lesson on the Dunkirk evacuations, I stumbled upon the amazing story of Charles Lightoller, the most senior surviving crew member of the Titanic. Many had labeled him as a coward, and over the years that followed he was racked by guilt. This story of redemption really resonated with the children I was teaching. It inspired the idea of a WW 1 Conscientious Objector, restoring his reputation by assisting in the Dunkirk evacuation. I wanted the story to be told through the eyes of a child and that’s where Charlie Jones (the central character in Demons of Dunkirk) comes in.'

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Demons of Dunkirk Synopsis

Charlie's mother and father work at a Spitfire factory in the fishing port of Hamble. After a run-in with a brutal instructor on the naval training ship Mercury, the teenager finds himself on the run from the British Navy. His father hooks him up with William - the Captain of a fishing boat called the White Feather. A few days later, the pair find themselves caught up in the most heroic retreat of WW2 - the Dunkirk evacuation.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781906132477
Publication date: 28th June 2015
Author: Paul Nolan
Publisher: Mogzilla
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 176 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4
Topics: Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction

About Paul Nolan

English teacher Paul Nolan left the classroom behind to write historical fiction. He lives near Winchester with his wife and two sons. Paul says: “Whilst researching a history lesson on the Dunkirk evacuations, I stumbled upon the amazing story of Charles Lightoller, the most senior surviving crewmember of the Titanic. Many had labeled him as a coward, and over the years that followed he was racked by guilt. This story of redemption really resonated with the children I was teaching. It inspired the idea of a WW 1 Conscientious Objector, restoring his reputation by assisting in the Dunkirk evacuation. I ...

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