By Cecil Day-Lewis
Vintage children's tale first released in 1948. the radical is determined within the rapid post-World struggle II interval within the fictional English small provincial city of Otterbury. the city was once mostly untouched via the warfare except one unintentional hit from a mis-targeted bomb which destroyed a couple of constructions close to the centre of the city; schoolboy Nick Yates used to be pulled from the ruins and his mom and dad have been killed. The bombsite is understood in the neighborhood because the "Incident" of the book's identify, and is used as a domain for war-games via rival gangs of boys from the neighborhood King's institution: Ted's corporation, led by means of 13-year-old Edward Marshall, whose second-in-command is George, the narrator, and inclusive of Nick, Charlie Muswell and younger Wakeley, and the 'enemy' Toppy's corporation, led via William Toppingham (also thirteen) and his sidekick Peter Butts, and together with the ghastly Prune.
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