It all happened because of my promise to Penny and what her mother had said about my aunt.
I didn't want to be involved at first, but it's amazing what love will do. Not only that, but when you come right down to
essentials, I honestly don't see how I could have stayed out of it.
‘I'm glad the village had just a single bonfire this year.’ said Mrs Garman. ‘It was the biggest I've ever seen and everyone
was so friendly. I must say though, that your aunt seemed rather chilly.’
‘That's only because you're Chapel and she's Church. I think that's silly. It makes no difference to me.’
‘Or me,’ said Penny.
‘I hope it's no more than that,’ said Mrs Garman. ‘But I still feel bad about the Spitfire Drive money that was lost in the
river. I can't help feeling that it’s my fault and people are blaming me.’
‘Oh Mother, please stop feeling bad, nobody's blaming you.’
‘If only I could believe it,’ sighed Mrs Garman.
A barrel containing funds collected at a village fete to raise money to help buy a Spitfire aircraft, has
fallen into the river. Rival gangs compete to recover it. Three of the gangs are composed of children,
but a fourth is made up of ruthless adult gangsters.
The hero of the previous two “Gang” books becomes involved because of his love for one of the
village girls and a promise he has made to her. He lives with a pious spinster aunt, a strict church-goer,
who disapproves of his chapel-going girlfriend.
Wartime action with air-raids, rationing, and a shot-down German bomber add excitement to a fast-
Although a sequel to the previous “Gang” books, Gang Rivalry is a complete story in its own right.
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