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B for Buster

by Iain Lawrence

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    fountainoverflows: Both stories are about young boys who lie about their age to go off to World War Two.
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Read aloud to the boys. Solid story, real characters, doesn't gloss over the emotions of war. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Read aloud to the boys. Solid story, real characters, doesn't gloss over the emotions of war. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 6, 2016 |
Read aloud to the boys. Solid story, real characters, doesn't gloss over the emotions of war. ( )
  thukpa | Feb 5, 2016 |
In the spring of 1943, sixteen-year-old Kak, escapes his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Air Force and goes to England as part of a crew flying bombing raids over Germany.

Kak is frowned upon as a loner but gains the respect of his crew and Bert, who trains the pigeons, when his pigeon is put to the test of guiding them home in the fog. On his last mission, he is shot down and taken as a prisoner of war in Germany. ( )
  stornelli | May 8, 2010 |
During World War II, 16 year old Kak steals his older brother's identity in order to enlist as an Air Force Bomber.
I loved Iain Lawrence's writing. I have a few of his other books, most notably "The Wreckers" and its sequels, and loved them. Lawrence is great at writing tense action scenes and keeping a book moving.
However, the writing style was the only thing I could enjoy about this story. I strongly disliked all of the characters. They never seemed all that well written or realistic, and the main character, Kak, is extremely annoying. Also, who in the heck has a name like Kak??! ( )
  joririchardson | Jan 20, 2010 |
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Nicknamed after his hometown of Kakabeka, Canada, Kak dreams of flying with the Allied bombers in World War II. So at 16, underage and desperate to escape his abusive parents, he enlists in the Canadian Air Force. Soon he is trained as a wireless operator and sent to a squadron in England, where he’s unabashedly gung ho about flying his first op. He thinks the night ops over Germany will be like the heroic missions of his favorite comic-book heroes. Good will vanquish evil. But his first time out, in a plane called B for Buster, reveals the ops for what they really are—a harrowing ordeal.

The bombing raids bring searchlights . . . artillery from below . . . and night fighters above hunting to take the bombers down. One hit, Kak knows, and B for Buster, along with him and his six crewmates, could be destroyed.

Kak is terrified.

He can’t confide his feelings to his crew, since he’s already worried that they’ll find out his age. Besides, none of them seem afraid. Only in Bert, the slovenly caretaker of the homing pigeons that go on every op, does Kak find an unlikely friend. Bert seems to understand what the other men don’t talk about—the shame, the sense of duty, and the paralyzing fear. As Kak seeks out Bert’s company, he somehow finds the strength to face his own uncertain future.


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In the spring of 1943, sixteen-year-old Kak, desperate to escape his abusive parents, lies about his age to enlist in the Canadian Air Force and soon finds himself based in England as part of a crew flying bombing raids over Germany.

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