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Author: Anne Wood
Editor: Gerard J. Senick
Date: 1982
Publisher: Gale
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 468 words

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Maybe there is scope for some research into the effects of World War II on adults today writing children's books. Certainly there has been a spate of books recalling the sorrowful experiences of evacuees and refugees but none of them conjure up the sheer physical fear that ripples through the pages of Susan Cooper's work.

Her book Dawn of Fear is a largely autobiographical account of life for a child in Buckinghamshire during the war—the disturbed nights crowded in air raid shelters during the worst of the Blitz, the stunned effect of the loss in a bombing raid of a real friend with whom one had played war games. Susan Cooper always chooses boys as her main...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1420001886