Back Home

Back Home Rusty Dickinson was sent to the United States from England at the age of seven in to survive the war When she returns in she finds a country and a family she neither understands nor likes

  • Title: Back Home
  • Author: Michelle Magorian
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rusty Dickinson was sent to the United States from England at the age of seven in 1940 to survive the war When she returns in 1945, she finds a country and a family she neither understands nor likes, and vice versa.

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    1. I remember first reading this book when I was about 11 or 12 years old. It was a perfect book to read at that age as not only was it a wonderful story that taught me about the toll that a war takes on a child but I also remember identifying with the same awkward adolescent changes and experiences that the protagonist, Rusty, was going through. I must've borrowed my library's copy at least a dozen times. One of my all time absolute favourite childhood books. I really need to get a copy for my own [...]

    2. When Rusty returns to England after having been evacuated to America during WWII, both her family and the country seem unfamiliar and alien. Adjusting to her old life is not made easier by the fact that she now has an American accent and a free and easy way of challenging authority that does not make her popular with her teachers or peers. Worst of all, Rusty feels as if her mother is a stranger, and not very supportive at that. And boarding school, often the refuge for those unhappy at home, be [...]

    3. Michelle Magorian is probably best known for her excellent book Goodnight, Mr. Tom, but she also wrote several other World War II novels for adolescent readers. One of those other books is Back Home. It begins in the summer of 1945. The war is over and 12 year old Virginia Dickinson is returning to England. Virginia had been a scared, timid 7 year old when she was evacuated to an American family in Connecticut. Five years have passed and she is confident 12 year old who now goes by the name Rust [...]

    4. I've read a sample of this thanks to Penguin UK and it has been a reminder of just why I loved this book so many years ago. That sense of not belonging is captured so clearly by all the children returning home to England from America after the war. Their homeland and parents feel like strangers and the struggle to adapt and fit back it makes for a very emotional storyline.You get hooked in very quickly by twelve-year-old Rusty as she is a very likeable main character but one who plummets into a [...]

    5. Having loved 'Goodnight Mister Tom', I was interested to see what else the author had written and am pleased to say that 'Back Home' is another gem.I really felt for Rusty in this book. After having being evacuated to America 5 years ago, she finally heads back to England and really struggles to adjust. Her mum feels like a stranger, she has a brother she has never met and everyone hates her accent. England also seems grey and dull compared to the USA and everything is still heavily rationed.Nob [...]

    6. I really feel for Rusty (the protagonist) in this book. After returning from America after 5 years, she can't just jump into her old English life, everything is different her accent, her principles, even her family. Even the weather seems dull and garb compared to America.She is lonely and misunderstood and nobody seems to appreciate how the whole experience has been for her. She is sent away to boarding school and bullied by her fellow schoolmates and ridiculed by her teachers.This story will s [...]

    7. This book was amazing. It really made me reflect on how I react to certain things and how I am so lucky to have everything I have!"Back Home" was about a girl called Virginia "Rusty" Dikinson who got sent away from her family in 1940 because her mother wanted to keep her safe from the war that was happening in England at the time. She was sent to America and after 5 years she grew into what she called an 'American family' of her own with the Omsks. In 1945 she had to be sent back to England to b [...]

    8. This is an older kidlit title -- I've had this thing for the past year or two where I'm focused on novels and non-fiction accounts of the children who were evacuated from Britain to the US during WWII, based on a conversation that was going on with the Betsy-Tacy group. Kidlit fans may recall that Magorian is probably best known for the five-Kleenex Goodnight, Mr. Tom. In this book, Rusty, our heroine, has returned to England after living in Connecticut for most of the war years, and has a varie [...]

    9. This was one of my all time favourite books when I was a child.I remember the copy I had - it had a different cover back then - but it was the most tattered, dog eared book I have perhaps ever owned. I have a sneaking suspicion that I might have actually stolen it from school. Either that or my mum picked it up for me from a second hand book stall at a school fete or something, but either way I'm digressing.I probably read it nearly twenty times. I used to love stories about this kind of time pe [...]

    10. (view spoiler)[1. Wartime evacuee Rusty returns to Britain with an American accent, and meets a mother she doesn't recognise. 2. The war is over but the battle is only just beginning for Rusty, as she moves to Guildford to face her acid-tongued grandmother. 3. With the loss of her only friend, Rusty is desperate to return to her second family in America.4. (hide spoiler)]

    11. Love it as a comfort read. Rusty isn't the child her mother sent to America and is struggling to fit into post war Britten

    12. Anything my Michelle Magorian is worth reading (Goodnight Mr Tom), and this is no exception. Rusty has been evacuated to America during WW2, and when she returns home everything is alien to her. She has to learn how to cope.

    13. I really enjoyed this book but the 'america is great, post war england is shit' message was pretty strong.

    14. I have reread this book more than any other. In fact, once I finished reading it, felt sad, and immediately started it again.Story time:Virginia, who likes to be known as Rusty, returns to England after four years of being a sea evacuee in the United States. She is 12 on her return, and has few memories of England. Her 'adopted' parents helped instill a love of art and woodwork, and her siblings gave some confidence to the very small Virginia who arrived in the States at age 7.On her return, her [...]

    15. I have a lot of love for Michelle Magorian, one of the great dames of British children's literature. I've spoken about Back Home before, briefly, in a list of books featuring Dartington Hall, the place where I went to University. It was, however, a too brief mention and so I returned to Back Home in order to review it properly.And, to be honest, I returned because I've spent too long without reading a Michelle Magorian. She's one of those writers who simply is and always will be there in my life [...]

    16. Really enjoyed this despite being old enough to be Rusty's Gran.a different slant on what did you do in the war.?

    17. If you know Magorian's "Goodnight Mr. Tom" (which I must admit, I only know from the movie), you're half way to understanding Back Home.Back Home is the story of a girl who was evacuated to the USA at the start of WWII, age 7. We hear little of her days there, except as recollections in the course of her "new" life, back in England, 1945, 12 years old.It is easy to forget how different the USA and UK of those eras were.And consider the differenece between a 7 year old and a 12 year old. Poor Rus [...]

    18. Great book. Didn't touch me as much as Goodnight Mr. Tom or A Little Love Song but its definitely going on the favourites pile.Virginia or Rusty as she's been called by her American family is returning to England after 5 years. She was evacuated to America at the age of 7 hen the war broke out. Returning to her 'real home' is confusing for her. She feels like a fish out of water, everything is more drab and dull. She has less freedom and her Americanisms are frowned upon and seen as something to [...]

    19. Continuing on with my boarding school trend, I also picked this up as a recommended boarding school classic. It's an interesting depiction of the immediate post-war era in England and the longer term repercussions of being a child evacuee, with great description that makes the historical feel very real. I was aware that children were evacuated from cities to the countryside during wartime in the UK but not that some were sent overseas; the main character Rusty was sent to the States and the book [...]

    20. Was reminded of this book after I noticed that it's been turned into a Disney movie. I adored this book at age 12 or so. I read it in a sort of advanced EFL class I was attending, at the suggestion of the teacher. The totally dysfunctional family, the feeling of not belonging and the boarding school setting totally resonated with my circumstances. I recall toying with the idea of running away, just like the heroine in the book. I actually scouted out a location to run away to - an abandoned cott [...]

    21. I have been forgetting to read this for something more than 20 years, and I'm glad I finally got around to it. Magorian wrote Goodnight Mr. Tom, which I still think is a great kids book about abuse and about the WWII evacuation of children to the countryside, good enough to reread every so often when I need a nice sense of faith in humanity and a good hanky-drenching.This story wasn't quite as good. Rusty was evacuated all the way to the US (I didn't realize they did that!) and when she returns [...]

    22. I recently rediscovered this book, when sorting through some old children's books. I know the author is better known for Goodnight Mister Tom (which I also liked) but I always preferred this title. I really related to the story of 12 year old Rusty having to leave her loving home in the USA after 5 years and relocate back to England, as I also had to reluctantly move to a different town and school, at the same age. The story brings to life the very real plight of evacuees finally returning home [...]

    23. Like 'Goodnight Mr Tom' also by Michelle Magorian which I read earlier this month, I first read 'Back Home' when I was a teenager and like 'Goodnight Mr Tom', I also enjoyed the book the second time as much as I did the first time. 'Back Home' is a story of family and the changes they can and do go through, Rusty returns from a place of safety to a place that has changed drastically because of the war, and her family has changed to, after years of separation, Rusty and her parents barely know ea [...]

    24. Vanessa B. recommended Back Home to me in the 6th grade and, given her great taste in books, I wonder why she and I were only school friends and never played outside of school. This was the first book to pierce my Anglophilia and show me that not everything about England is so dandy.After five swell years in the States with the bohemian Omsk family, Rusty has a hard time returning to bombed, rationed England and a family she barely remembers. I thought I remembered how intense Magorian can be an [...]

    25. i loved this book. if i had read this when i was younger, this clearly would have been a favorite. yes, it's a bit simple in the plot. rusty was 7 when she was sent to live with american relatives to be safe during the war. she returns at age 13 to a mother she doesn't know, and a country she has no memories of. however, the undercurrent of the women's movement was really spot-on, authentic, and didn't feel forced. peggy, rusty's mom, has had to adjust to life without a husband. rusty's grandmot [...]

    26. Many years ago, a friend of my mine recommended this book. I bought it and tossed it aside, thinking it boring. After re-reading the same author's masterpiece, Goodnight, Mr. Tom, I decided to give Back Home another try. Boy, am I glad I did. The story so clearly illustrates the sharp difference between postwar England and postwar America. It brought to mind Jessica Mitford's first impressions of the U.S. during the same period: the central heating, the endless optimism, the glorious food. As an [...]

    27. *Spoilers ahead*I first read Back Home when I was about 12 years-old. The dog-eared copy once belonged to my older sister and she loved it. I subsequently dog-eared it even more, returning to it time and time again throughout my early to mid-teens. I instantly connected with Rusty’s character and could deeply empathise with her alienation and injustices, both at her draconian boarding school (which makes Mallory Towers seem like a holiday club in comparison) and her new home with the ‘Victor [...]

    28. Michelle Magorian is probably best known for Goodnight Mr Tom, which I must say is a classic, and favorite of mine.This book looks again at the WWII, but from the viewpoint of an evacuee who was sent away to American during the war. It details first her return to England, then the return of her father from the war. Everything to Rusty is different - the rations, the routines, even having to sit silently around her grandmother. Her life is turned upside down with the return of her rather formidab [...]

    29. I decided to start the year off with this book as it had been a favourite of mine when I was younger. I love reading about this time period, imagining myself as an evacuee. It really gets you straight in to the mindset of 12 year old Rusty and I loved being transported to this era.What I adored, and completely forgot about this book, was that it is set in Devon. I currently live in Exeter and it was lovely to have that even greater sense of connection when reading this the second time around. It [...]

    30. I started this one before the new year and had actually read it before, but hadn't reviewed.It's a really good book for teens and up, or for people like me who are struggling to find the motivation to read more complex books. I really enjoyed this look into a part of the war that I had previously not seen explored in fiction, and would be interested to read more about it.At time it suffers a bit from Famous Five-esque dialogue and I thought the ending was really rushed - I'd have liked to actual [...]

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