The Bird In The Bamboo Cage by Hazel Gaynor – Our Review
Elspeth Kent has fled an unhappy marriage in a hurry and is most pleased when she finds her way to become a teacher in China at a missionary school.
While, ten year old Nancy is a student at the school, her parents boarding her out while they are focused on their important aid work.
As life would have it, Elspeth has written her resignation letter to return from this teaching posting back to England, but before she can in 1941, Japan declares war and begins to systemically take control of the country.
This small missionary school cannot escape the clutches of oppression and poor Nancy and her friends are in for the fight of their life.
Based on a true story, ‘The Bird in The Bamboo Cage’ is their story. A story of hope, of survival and of friendship that has no age barrier.
Magnificently written from both a child’s perspective and her teacher adds a beautiful depth of storytelling, that will capture your heart and spirit long after you’ve finished it. Fabulous for teens too!
Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books