Summer 1941: For Peter, the war is a long way away, being fought by his father and thousands of other British soldiers against the faceless threat of Nazism. But war comes frighteningly close to home one night when a German jet is shot down over the neighboring woods. With his feisty new friend Kim, Peter rushes to the crash site to see if there's anything he can salvage. What he finds instead is a German airman. The enemy. Seriously wounded and in need of aid...
Continuing in the tradition of thought-provoking literature about the Second World War, Dan Smith's MY FRIEND THE ENEMY is a thrilling adventure that also personalizes the moral dilemmas faced by the children left behind on the home front.
Growing up, Dan Smith moved with his family through Africa, Asia, and South America. He now lives in Newcastle, England, with his wife and two children. He is the author of books for both adults and children, four of which have been published by Chicken House. Find out more about the author at www.dansmithsbooks.com.
- ! "From MY FRIEND THE ENEMY
I picked up the pistol and started to crawl toward
\tKim grabbed my shirt. \"Don't.\"
\tI pulled her hand away and
pushed to a crouch, creeping right into the edge of the woods. Once I'd passed the
first trunks of hazel and oak, I stood up and took soft steps forward...creeping
deeper into the trees, coming closer to the barbed-wire fence.
\tAnd then I saw
\tHighlighted by a sliver of moonlight that cut through the leaves above,
I saw a man, sitting back against one of the fence posts.
\tI stopped dead in
my tracks and stared at him.
\tA stick snapped, making me spin around to find
Kim standing just behind me.
\t\"Who is it?\" she asked.
\t\"I don't know,\"
I said, turning back to look at the immobile figure.
\t\"Is he asleep? Or dead?\"
was mesmerized by him. My whole body had gone cold with fear. My stomach tingled,
my hands trembled, my muscles tightened.
\tAnd then he spoke -- \"Bitte\" --
and he put his arm up as if to protect his face. \"Bitte.\""