The second story in the MOVING TIMES trilogy. Bewildered by the break-up of the wartime world she is used to, Ruth clings to the familiar haven of her grandmother's life.
Grandmother's Footsteps begins on the day the Second World War ends, seen through the eyes of the bewildered young Ruth. Mesmerised and terrified by the break-up of the wartime world she is so used to, scared by her mother's disappearance to London in search of their absent father, she clings to the familiar world of her grandmother. Stick by me, Granny tells her, and you'll be all right. But already Ruth's exuberant mother has other plans for the family - a move to London and a succession of wild schemes that bring constant change and upheaval, opening and closing new horizons and leaving young Ruth feeling always - as the years go by - adrift.
Except, that is, in the safe, sure haven of her grandmother's life.
even more enjoyable than Bloom of Youth - School Librarian, v.48, no.2, Summer 2000
will intrigue young writers experimenting with different ways of arranging narrative - TES, 30th June 2000
an evocative picture of a girl growing up in difficult family circumstances - Carousel issue 15, Summer 2000
THE WAR ORPHAN
'a rare and truthful book' - Books for your children
'... there's a personal, original vision here ... involving and impressive' - Philip Pullman, The Guardian