Carrie’s War

For key skills this week, everyone was asked to finish reading Carrie’s War.

Two questions to think about: 

1) Can you summarise the whole book in a paragraph?

2) Did the ending match the predictions that you had previously made? Did you expect what happened at the end?

15 thoughts on “Carrie’s War

  1. The book is about a girl called Carrie Willow , her brother, Nick Willow,and young Albert Sandwich who are evacuees during WW1 and are sent to Wales. The owner of the house, Mr Evans is portrayed as a cold-hearted person, whilst his sister Miss Evans is very calm and gentle and so is his older sister, Mrs Gotobed. Every once in a while Nick and Carrie visit Druid’s bottom, the place where Albert is staying. They soon learn a lot about Mr Evans. As years go by Carrie and her children re-visit Druid’s bottom.

  2. Chapter 1

    Carrie, a widow, takes her children to the village where she was evacuated 30 years ago during World

    War Two. She had been 11 at the time and her brother Nick was nearly ten. At first she is excited at the

    thought of going back but now, as they walk towards a house she used to visit, she becomes sad and

    anxious. She says she did a dreadful thing when she was here before. They turn away from the path that

    leads to the house – she says no one lives there any more in any case – and head back to the village.

    As they walk, she tells the children her story.

    What was the real name of Druid’s Bottom?

    How has the village and area around it changed since Carrie was there?

    How do the children react to Carrie’s moods?

    Chapter 2

    The book now goes back 30 years. Nick is sick on the train taking a group of evacuees from London to the

    village where they are to spend the war. Nick and Carrie meet an older boy, Albert Sandwich, who helps

    them carry their bags to the village hall. The children are told to stand by the wall so the villagers can pick

    the ones they want to take home with them. One of the organisers encourages Miss Evans – Auntie Lou –

    to take Carrie and Nick. She is nervous as her brother told her to get two girls. Mr Evans is a grocer and

    lives above the shop. Auntie Lou gives the children something to eat and hurries them off to bed before Mr

    Evans gets home. Downstairs the children can hear Mr Evans shouting. Nick thinks he must be an ogre.
    Why do you think Carrie’s mother is cheerful at the station?

    Why does Carrie admire the way Albert behaves?

    Why is Carrie anxious about Mr Evans’ house being so tidy?

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    Chapter 3

    The children meet Mr Evans for the first time. Auntie Lou explains to the children how her father was

    killed in the mine. When her mother died too, Mr Evans and his wife took Auntie Lou in and brought her

    up alongside their own son. Mr Evans has been more like her father than a brother to her. Carrie and Nick

    help out in the shop. Nick is caught stealing biscuits and Mr Evans threatens to beat him with his belt but

    instead prays with him. They settle in to life in the village. The children get a letter saying their mother has

    gone to Glasgow to be near her husband who is stationed there. She comes to visit for a day.

    Why doesn’t Mr Evans want Nick to tell his teachers he was hungry?

    Why is Carrie worried when Nick says he hates Mr Evans?

    Why do you think they feel shy when their mother comes to visit them?

    Chapter 4

    Nick is given a pair of gloves and a Bible for his birthday. Nick and Carrie have to go to Druid’s Bottom

    to collect a Christmas goose from Mr Evans’ older sister, Dilys Gotobed. Mr Evans was upset when Dilys

    married an English mineowner and has fallen out with her, though he still accepts the annual goose.

    Auntie Lou has said that the path through the Grove to the house is not a place to be in after dark but

    Mr Evans thinks that’s all superstitious nonsense. Carrie and Nick try to be brave but are startled by a

    strange gobbling sound coming through the trees. They run to the house, terrified.

    Chapter 6

    Mr Evans asks Carrie if she saw his sister, Mrs Gotobed. He distrusts Hepzibah and thinks Mister Johnny

    is an idiot. Nick is angry with Carrie because he thinks she was sucking up to Mr Evans. Carrie overhears

    Mr Evans telling Auntie Lou it’ll be useful for the children to go to the house again to keep an eye on

    The Great Reading Adventure 2005 – Carrie’s War Activity Pack 7Hepzibah. After Christmas, Mr Evans tells the children to take a tin of biscuits to Hepzibah as a thank you

    present for the goose. Mister Johnny shows them his cow and the hens. Carrie hears Mrs Gotobed crying

    but doesn’t see her. Mr Evans is in a bad mood when they get back and doesn’t question her. She hopes

    she imagined that he wanted her to spy on Hepzibah.

    Chapter 7

    Auntie Lou goes away to stay with a friend. In April, Carrie finally meets Mrs Gotobed. Mrs Gotobed is

    wearing a ball gown. She intends to wear all her gowns before she dies, leaving the best to last. She gives

    Carrie a message for Mr Evans, only to be delivered after Mrs Gotobed is dead. Carrie has a birthday tea

    at Druid’s Bottom. Albert walks with her through the Grove and says that some people think it is sacred.

    He kisses her. When the children get back home, Mr Evans is angry. He is even more cross when he finds

    out Carrie has seen Mrs Gotobed and not told him about it. Auntie Lou is all dressed up to go dancing so

    Mr Evans shouts at her instead. Carrie is worried that Mr Evans will force her to be a spy.

    Chapter 8

    Hepzibah tries to explain Mr Evans to Carrie. He’s had a difficult life and it has made him hard and cold.

    Major Cass Harper comes to see Auntie Lou. At first, to Nick’s annoyance, Carrie sends the major away but

    then the children help him meet Auntie Lou. The children clean the chapel for Auntie Lou. When they get

    back, Mr Evans is doing his accounts and looks tired.

    Chapter 9

    Mr Evans’ son Frederick is home on leave from the army. Frederick comes with the children to help harvest

    the hay field at Druid’s Bottom. He teases Mister Johnny who attacks him with a pitchfork. Mrs Gotobed

    walks out to see them, dressed in her final ball gown. Mrs Gotobed tells Carrie not to be afraid and to

    remember the message.

    ∑ Why do you think Mr Evans tells Frederick to pay his respects to his Auntie?

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    Mrs Gotobed dies in July. Albert comes to tell Mr Evans who closes the shop. Albert and Carrie go for a

    walk and wonder what will happen to Hepzibah and Mister Johnny. Albert says Mrs Gotobed was going

    to leave a Will saying they could stay on rent free at Druid’s Bottom as long as they wanted to. Mr Evans

    would get the house and Auntie Lou the jewellery. Mr Evans will be angry when he realises that he won’t

    be able to sell or rent the house because Hepzibah and Mister Johnny will be living there. Carrie thinks

    he’ll be happy to get the message that Mrs Gotobed wanted to do the right thing. Albert is doubtful.

    Mr Evans flies into a rage when he hears the message.

    Chapter 11

    Mr Evans seems to calm down but he’s still angry with Hepzibah. Carrie goes to Druid’s Bottom to warn

    them about Mr Evans but is too late: he’s already been. No Will has been found and Mrs Gotobed’s London

    solicitor knows nothing about it. Everything will now go automatically to Mr Evans. Hepzibah and Mister

    Johnny must leave. Mr Evans has been through all of Mrs Gotobed’s things. Mister Johnny seems to be

    saying that Mr Evans took something from the jewel box. Albert remembers seeing an envelope in there

    and it is now gone. He thinks it might have been the missing Will and that it was written by a local solicitor

    rather than the London one. Hepzibah tries to soothe the children by telling stories of when she was young.

    Chapter 12

    Mr Evans and Auntie Lou go to the funeral. Carrie still struggles to believe that Mr Evans would have

    destroyed the Will. A letter comes saying that her mother has resigned from her ambulance unit and has

    rented a house for them all to live in. The children can join her in two weeks. Nick doesn’t want to leave

    Auntie Lou at first, but soon starts getting excited about going. Albert is going to stay with Mr Morgan,

    the minister, because he will have to leave Druid’s Bottom when Hepzibah goes. He had tried to ask the

    local solicitor if he knew anything about the Will but lost his nerve.

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    Mr Evans says he’ll miss having Carrie in the shop. On their last day in the village, Mr Evans shuts the shop

    and takes the children and Auntie Lou for a picnic. He talks about when he was a boy. When they get back

    he gives them each a present: a knife for Nick and a ring for Carrie. The children go to Druid’s Bottom for a

    farewell tea. Hepzibah tells the story of the skull’s curse again. Carrie shows Hepzibah the ring she’s been

    given. She suddenly remembers seeing it on Mrs Gotobed’s finger. Albert is angry and thinks that Mr Evans

    stole the ring from the jewel box, though Hepzibah says it was his to take now he’s inherited everything.

    Carrie offers to take the skull back to the library but throws it in the horse pond. Albert tells her Hepzibah

    has found a place on a remote farm where she can take Mister Johnny. The children hurry home. There’s no

    one there but there’s a note left by Auntie Lou. She has gone away to marry Major Harper. Nick knew about

    it and hadn’t told Carrie.

    Chapter 14

    The children hurry to bed to avoid seeing Mr Evans. Carrie wakes up and hears Mr Evans downstairs, raking

    the fire. She is so angry with him she decides to go down and throw the ring in his face. He looks as if he’s

    been sitting by the fire all night. He starts making the breakfast and moans about Auntie Lou leaving. He

    shows Carrie an old photo of Mrs Gotobed in his fob watch. She’s wearing the ring he gave to Carrie, which

    he’d bought his sister with his first wages. He had found it in the jewel box in an envelope addressed to

    him. He sees the children off at the station. Nick’s glad to be going. As the train pulls away from the village

    he shouts goodbye to all the things they pass. Carrie screams when she sees Druid’s Bottom on fire. She thinks it’s her fault for throwing away the skull.
    Chapter 15

    It is now back to the present. Carrie’s children leave her to sleep in late at the pub and walk to Druid’s

    Bottom on their own. They find an outbuilding by the ruined house that seems to be inhabited. An elderly

    woman is out feeding chickens. The children think it must be Hepzibah. She invites them in for breakfast

    and introduces them to Mister Johnny. She tells them what happened after Carrie and Nick left. She sends

    them out to meet Carrie who is walking through the Grove towards them.

  3. Kayla Homework

    The book is about a girl called Carrie Willow , her brother, Nick Willow,and young Albert Sandwich who are evacuees during WW1 and are sent to Wales. The owner of the house, Mr Evans is portrayed as a cold-hearted person, whilst his sister Miss Evans is very calm and gentle and so is his older sister, Mrs Gotobed. Every once in a while Nick and Carrie visit Druid’s bottom, the place where Albert is staying. They soon learn a lot about Mr Evans. As years go by Carrie and her children re-visit Druid’s bottom.

  4. Kayla Homework

    1)
    The book is about a girl called Carrie Willow , her brother, Nick Willow,and young Albert Sandwich who are evacuees during WW1 and are sent to Wales. The owner of the house, Mr Evans is portrayed as a cold-hearted person, whilst his sister Miss Evans is very calm and gentle and so is his older sister, Mrs Gotobed. Every once in a while Nick and Carrie visit Druid’s bottom, the place where Albert is staying. They soon learn a lot about Mr Evans. As years go by Carrie and her children re-visit Druid’s bottom.
    2) The ending almost matched my predictions as I predicted a fire, but not in Druid’s Bottom but in Mr Evans’s house. I also predicted that Miss Evans would be too scared to move but throughout the story her feelings changed and she gained a lot of confidence.

  5. In the book Carrie’s War published by Nina Bawden, Carrie and her infant brother Nick set off on an adventure in Wales. With little luck they get greeted to Mr Evans the reason they arrived in Druids Bottom is to collect the mouth-watering goose. The gobble-gobble chased them they discovered Albert was sheltered in their humble cottage later Frederick arrives and insults Mister Jonny for his disadvantages in life. In a period of time Mrs Gotobed bites the dust the last words spoken were ‘ and remember the other other thing too. Do you remember? The message I gave you’. A handful of weeks later the will was abandoned. If Mr Evans managed to grasp it Druids Bottom would be his as a result Hephzibah and Mister Jonny would have to depart from their home. Carrie and Nick get given a knife and a golden ring with a ruby moulded inside for a gift from Mr Evans and Auntie Lou. When they say their goodbyes Carrie gets tense and throws the ancient skull into the horse pond. Later she arrives with her young and learns the truth about it being Mister Jonny for the fires spark.

    I predicted something like this would happen to the screaming skull because why would Nina mention it?

  6. In the book Carrie’s War published by Nina Bawden, Carrie and her infant brother Nick set off on an adventure in Wales. With little luck they get greeted to Mr Evans the reason they arrived in Druids Bottom is to collect the mouth-watering goose. The gobble-gobble chased them they discovered Albert was sheltered in their humble cottage later Frederick arrives and insults Mister Jonny for his disadvantages in life. In a period of time Mrs Gotobed bites the dust the last words spoken were ‘ and remember the other other thing too. Do you remember? The message I gave you’. A handful of weeks later the will was abandoned. If Mr Evans managed to grasp it Druids Bottom would be his as a result Hephzibah and Mister Jonny would have to depart from their home. Carrie and Nick get given a knife and a golden ring with a ruby moulded inside for a gift from Mr Evans and Auntie Lou. When they say their goodbyes Carrie gets tense and throws the ancient skull into the horse pond. Later she arrives with her young and learns the truth about it being Mister Jonny for the fires spark.

    I predicted something like this would happen to the screaming skull because why would Nina mention it? It would not make sense.

  7. Carrie’s War:

    Carrie’s War is an excellent book. It’s filled with such emotion and laughter that you can easily believe was similar to that shared between evacuees many years ago. The book follows the story of Carrie telling her children of the life that was Druids Bottom; where her and her brother Nick had stayed many years ago. She tells them about Mr Evans ,a councillor with fiery temper that would erupt at any moment and soft, gentle Auntie Lou who was there to comfort the children when they needed it most. The book also features Hepzibah, a kind housekeeper for the ill Miss Gotobed and her son Mister Johny ( a determined young man who wouldn’t let speech difficulties stop him). It follows their journey through friendships and love and uses the ancient legend of a young African boys skull to scare and intrigue the reader. Carrie’s War is an amazing book and I enjoyed reading it very much.

    Did the book match my prediction?

    Yes and no. One of my predictions was that Mr Evans would start an argument of some sort between him and Hepzibah and he did. He came over and told Hepzibah to leave Druids Bottom, she did of course but not until a month later, however she is then mentioned again in the book when Carrie brings her children to Druids Bottom. My other prediction was that Carrie and Nick would go and stay with Hepzibah but because she had to leave they did not. In a nutshell, I predicted part of the ending the book and I think that Nina Bawden ended the book nicely.

  8. At the beginning of the book i was introduced to a girl called Carrie and in her dreams she thought she was twelve again. Later on in the book she and ,her brother, Nick get evacuated from their home town in london to somewhere in Wales. As soon as they got off of the train they were greeted by a lady called Miss Fazackerley. Half way through chapter two they discovered a place called ‘Druids Bottom’ where they meet a strict man Mr Evans and a calm lady Hepzibah. In chapter six Nick and Carrie were the first ones to see a real baby calf. A few chapters later an American soldier goes to live in Druids Bottom where Hepzibah falls in love with him. The end of chapter nine Mrs Gotobed acts weird because she was in the middle of a hay feild in a ball gown. Chapter ten Mrs Gotobed passes away on a hot day in July. Near to the end of the book Nick and Carrie receive a letter from their mother asking if they wanted to go and live with herein Scotland and on there last day in Druids Bottom every one in had a mixture of feeling after Auntie Lou left her home to get married with the American soldier. When Mr Evans found out he was really annoyed and Albert said he was flaming mad. At the very end of the book Carrie is in her thirties and she had around three children.

    The end of the book didn’t match my predictions. My prediction was that Carrie would live somewhere far far away from Druids Bottom and that she wouldn’t have any children. I didn’t expect Carrie to have children or Hepzibah and Mr Johnny to still be alive.

  9. This book is all about how a brother and sister live when they are evacuated due to war. They shared favourable and atrocious times, most of the bad times were because of Mr Evans, but overall the trip will have changed their lives forever. There were some times when they were feeling down and days when they were so happy it got them in to trouble, but most of the time there mistakes ,of which they never learnt from, were for the best. During the book there are many celebrations and revelations, but inside those wishes that they dreamed about they produced many synthetic moment: the death of Mrs Gotobed, Being shouted down by Mr Evans on Carrie’s Birthday and worst of all leaving Mr Evans and Auntie Lou. How life is after the war is unexplainable…

    No/yes. Yes because I had sensed at sometime they would leave Countryside and live with their mum in Glasgow, also that Mrs Gotobed would have a funeral and that Mr Evans would go but feel awkward inside. No because I had imagined that they would have had something closer with Mr Evans as the story went on, also because I thought that Auntie Lou would stay week and shy for the whole story but boy was I wrong about that one.

    Lucy Moore

  10. 1)Carries War is about a young child named Carrie and her younger brother Nick.They were evacuated to Wales from there home city London during World War 2. Having to live with the very strict and cold hearted Mr Evans changes there life. But there are some positive changes too, Mr Evans’s sister, Auntie Lou, who is a kind cheerful women, just like Mr Evans’s mother Mrs Gotobed. In the future Carrie and her children re-visit Druides Bottom and Carrie tells them about her and Nicks adventures, for example, when she and Nick were chased by a dwarf like goblin in Druides Bottom in the middle of the night.
    2)The book did not end like I thought it would. I got all excited when I read the blurb and it said Carrie did the worst thing in her life. But it turned out she had mis interpreted the whole fire incident, so there was no dreadful thing.

  11. There book was about a girl and a boy Called Carrie and Nick Willow. they got evacutated to Wales to live with a horrible man called Mr Evens and his frightened 3rd wheel sister Auntie Lou Following along by Mrs gotobed which is also one of Mr Evens, sister. Sometimes Carrie And Nick would go down to Druids bottom to visit Mrs gotobed, Hepzibah after being chased by a creature called Gobble Gobble after knowing he was just a human who can’t speak properly. Later on in the book you find a lot of unusual mysteries for example the African boys skull of whenever the skull leaves the house all the precious stuff like glass will shatter. A well as finding out wierd stuff about Mr Evens and other characters like Mrs gotobed, because she always wears wedding dresses and other bazare clothes after knowing that she is going to die, so the point of what I am saying is, she is trying to make the most of the little remains of her life.
    In a nut shell, further on into the book Auntie Lou also known as Mrs Evens
    Is secretly dating an, American saying that she is going to a party with her friends and, Carrie and Nick also saw her have a picnic with one once down by a stream where know one can find them. After the death of Mrs Gotobed everyone has changed and the world has been a darker place for Carrie and Nick…
    And this is the story of Carries war

  12. Carrie’s war.
    By Millie Stevenson.

    My summary of Carrie’s war:

    The story is based on an evacuee who is took to the country to be safe. The evacuee was called Carrie who has a little brother named Nick. They are adopted (fostered) by a nice lady named Miss Evans (Louisa/ Auntie Lou), She has a bitter, older, father like brother named Mr Evans (Samuel). He is very religious and has a cold heart because he watched his father die. Earlier in the story Carrie met a boy, Albert, while waiting for somebody to foster them; Well Albert was adopted by a woman called Hepzibah who was the carer of Dilys, Mr / Miss Evans’s older sister, Carrie and Nick loved Hepzibah because when they visit them she acts like a mother to them (Nick and Carrie). Dilys dies and because Hepzibah lives with her to care for her and another character named Mister Johnny also lives with them as well as Albert but Dilys left her house to Mr Evans and he wants her out the house and so on. I enjoyed the ending when Auntie Lou and Mr Evans Nick and Carrie to have a picnic and Nick is worried because he is moving to

  13. (Sorry I accidently pressed post)
    -Glasgow and he is worried about getting bombed. But I also like it that they are moving to be with their mother.

    I 100% recommend the book Carrie’s war and I love it because it is full of emotions and it seems like Nina Bawden has put in so much effort to try and made Carrie’s life like true experiences.

    By Millie Stevenson

  14. 20 years ago Carrie and Nick were evacuated to Durids Bottem and were taken in by Mr Evans a and Ante Lou. Mr Evans is a very mean strikt person . Ante Lou was a sweet soft girl moreover when she needed to be tough she could. Later on in the book we can infer that Mr Evans is a very holy person. Carrie and Nick were asked to get a goose to find Mr Jhonny (gobble gobble) had been running after them. Mr Jhonny had speaking problems. Then Frederick comes home for a rest and makes fun of his speaking problems. Other than that he is a very fun person. Early on in the book there is a story and this is how it went:
    There was an African boy who came to the house where hepziba lived during the slave trade. The gotobeds were the précis hose owners and the said he will get home. That winter he died of flu and never got home. He said he would

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