https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/school-radio/english-ks1--ks2-episode1-carries-war/zm77gwx What do you think about the way the evacuees were chosen? 'Stand by there, then,' the woman said. 'There by the wall with the others, and someone will choose you.' Carrie looked round, bewildered, and saw Albert Sandwich. She whispered, 'What's happening?' and he said, 'A kind of cattle auction, it seems.' He sounded calmly disgusted. He gave Carrie her suitcase, then marched to the end of the hall, sat down on his own, and took a book out of his pocket. Carrie wished she could do that. Sit down and read as if nothing else mattered. But she had already begun to feel ill with shame at the fear that no-one would choose her, the way she always felt when they picked teams at school. Suppose she was left to the last! She dragged Nick into the line of waiting children and stood, eyes on the ground, hardly daring to breathe. When someone called out, 'A nice little girl for Mrs Davies, now,' she felt she would suffocate. Nick's hand tightened in hers. She looked at his white face and the traces of sick round his mouth and wanted to shake him. No one would take home a boy who looked like that, so pale and delicate. They would think he was bound to get ill and be a trouble to them. She said in a low, fierce voice, 'Why don't you smile and look nice?' and he blinked with surprise, looking so small and so sweet that she softened. She said, 'Oh, it's all right, I'm not cross. I won't leave you.' Minutes passed, feeling like hours. Children left the line and were taken away. Only unwanted ones left, Carrie thought. She and Nick, and a few tough-looking boys. And Albert Sandwich who was still sitting quietly on his suitcase, reading his book and taking no notice. He didn't care!