From beloved British storyteller Shirley Hughes comes a touching tale of unconditional love as a family puts itself back together in postwar London. Ruby and Mum cling to each other while they live through the terrifying London Blitz, waiting for Dad to come home from the war. Day after day they hope for his return — but when the moment to meet him at the station finally comes, Ruby hardly recognizes the tall man who steps off the train. He’s big and sunburned, and he doesn’t seem to be as engaged as he once was. It’s easier to play outside in the wreckage of the bombings than to stay at home with a dad she doesn’t know anymore. But when Ruby hurts her knee in the ruins, there’s only one person who can rescue her and make her feel all right.
Shirley Hughes has published more than two hundred books and won many prestigious awards, including the Kate Greenaway Medal twice. Her books include Daisy Saves the Day, Out and About: A First Book of Poems, the novels Hero on a Bicycle and Whistling in the Dark, and the Digby O’Day series, illustrated by her daughter, Clara Vulliamy. Shirley Hughes lives in West London.View Author