Operation Banana by Tony Bradman


It’s the dark days of the Second World War and Susan is worried about her mum. She’s struggling with long hours at the factory and upset because they haven’t heard from Susan’s soldier dad for months.

Susan decides she’s going to cheer her mum up by getting her a treat – a sweet, delicious banana. But everything is in short supply in London and no one’s even seen a banana for years, so how is Susan going to find one? Let Operation Banana commence!

Operation Banana is a fabulous historical novel about the Second World War. Covering topics about fathers being away at war and rationing, this book is heartfelt, emotional as well as being educational. Accompanied with beautiful illustrations by Tania Rex which really help to bring this story to life, it will be one you remember for a long time. I absolutely loved it and it is such an important read to learn more about Britain’s past.

This book is perfect for upper KS2 and KS3 school libraries and classrooms and will make a wonderful addition to any history lesson covering the Second World War.

A huge thank you to publishers Barrington Stoke for sending me a copy of, Operation Banana, to read and review on my blog.

Barrington Stoke books help emergent, reluctant and dyslexic readers unblock their love of reading. Their books are published in such a special way to ensure an accessible read for all.

You can buy/pre-order this fabulous book from all booksellers, online and of course using any independent local bookshop.

About the Author:

Tony Bradman is a hugely prolific author with a particular passion for bringing history to life for young people. He is a regular at all the major literary festivals, reviews for The Guardian and is the Chair of the Siobhan Down Trust. Tony is perhaps best-known for his Dilly the Dinosaur series, which has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. He lives in Kent.

You can find Tony at:

Twitter: @tbradman

Instagram: @tony.bradman

Publishing Information:

Publisher: Barrington Stoke

Publication Date: 6th April 2023

Paperback RRP £7.99

ISBN: 978-1800901872

Suitability: Age 9+


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