"THE TALL BOY" BY SIMON BENT
THE TALL BOY is a moving story about the fragility and resilience of children in war. In it, three boys, a 15-year-old Czech, a 14-year-old Pole and a 12-year-old Italian have been swept up by different American Army units in the final years of WW II and outfitted as GI mascots. When the GIs are shipped back stateside, the boys are dumped at a children's Displaced Persons Camp. The matron of this temporary orphanage is bound by regulations to try to repatriate the children - the US has yet to open its doors to more than a tiny trickle of refugees - but the boys have their hearts set on America. In Simon Bent's dramatization, the story is told by the American matron of the children's camp. Through her eyes, we relive the boys' struggles to find a future for themselves in the aftermath of World War II.
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