My Friend the Enemy
Dan Smith
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 368pp
ISBN: 978-1-908435-81-1
Publication date: July 2013
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Summer, 1941. For Peter, the war is a long way away, being fought by a faceless enemy.


Until the night a German plane is shot down over woods that his missing dad looked after before he went off to fight.


Peter rushes to the crash site to see if there’s something he can keep, but what he finds instead is an injured young German airman. The enemy. Here.


And helping him seems like the right thing to do ...

' … An exciting, thought-provoking book.'
The Bookseller
' ... this is an intense, thought-provoking, and deeply satisfying read.
Teach Secondary
' ... grabbed me from page one … Dan Smith obviously knows his history'
Historical Novel Society

I was in the far corner of the woods, setting snares, when the siren started. I stopped. Crouched low with my arms out, my fingers laying the wire in

"I loved writing this book for lots of reasons. My Friend The Enemy isn't about me or anyone I know, but it feels incredibly personal and I came to know the two main characters, Peter and Kim, very well while I was writing about them. I'm also fascinated by the history of WWII and the strength of the people who endured the hardship of such a terrible and massive war. It must have been both exciting and terrifying for children to have lived with the constant bombing and fear that their fathers and brothers and uncles would never come home. My own grandfather was a captain in the British Army during WWII, my grandmother's sister was an anti-aircraft gunner in the ATS and my great-grandfather was the Secretary of State for War in 1945, so there's a bit of family history there too ..."

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