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My Friend the Enemy

Written by Dan Smith

Key Stage 2 Historical Fiction

LoveReading View on My Friend the Enemy

July 2013 Book of the Month  An exciting and thought-provoking World War II adventure for children aged 9-12. With shades of Michael Morpurgo, Michelle Magorian and Robert Westall’s classic The Machine Gunners the author carefully explores the moral dilemma of helping the enemy, and the pressures placed on family members left at home, far away from enemy lines.

A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher

My uncle was a rear-gunner on a bomber in the war, and when he was shot down I hoped that someone would look after him. This is the choice facing our hero Peter, who finds out that being brave sometimes means doing what is most difficult. Loyalty to real values is even harder when war seems so black and white. Dan Smith’s courageous story is exciting, moving, and full of conflict. I think you’ll find yourself really CARING about what’s going to happen next.


My Friend the Enemy Synopsis

Summer, 1941. For Peter, the war is a long way away, being fought by a faceless enemy, marching across places he's never seen. Until the night it comes to him. A German plane is shot down over the woods that his Dad looked after, before he went off to fight. Peter rushes to the crash site to find something exciting to keep. But what he finds instead is some- one: a young and injured German airman. The enemy. Here. And in trouble. Suddenly, helping him seems like the right thing to do.

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My Friend the Enemy Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Dan Smith masterfully portrays the life of Peter Dixon’s wartime adventure in this enthralling novel set in 1941 North East England. Full review

Harry (Age 11)

My Friend the Enemy is a book that will instantly suck you in with its interesting and unexpected turns and twists of events that will catch you off guard. Full review

Nastya (Age 11)

Dan Smith’s suspenseful book about World War Two is full of action, friendship and romance. Full review

Maya (Age 11)

A live thrilling adventure with a tinge of romance and slice of action. This book gives you a real experience of WWII. Full review

Miro (Age 11)

This novel is perfect for children learning about WWII Full review

Audrey (Age 11)

An amazing action packed book about World War Two Full review

Petra (Age 11)

It's 1941. A German aircraft has crashed near Peter’s home. Full review

Orlando (Age 11)

A thriller and a good read for children interested war or learning about World War Two Full review

Shivam (Age 11)

Book Information

ISBN: 9781908435811
Publication date: 4th July 2013
Author: Dan Smith
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Historical Fiction

About Dan Smith

Growing up, Dan led three lives. In one he survived the day-to-day humdrum of boarding school, while in another he travelled the world, finding adventure in the padi-fields of Asia and the jungles of Brazil. But the third life he lived in a world of his own, making up stories . . . which is where some people say he still lives most of the time! Now settled in Newcastle with his wife and two children, Dan writes stories to share with both adults and children – and with an interest in World War 2, a great-aunt who was a flak-gunner, and a grandfather ...

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