While the Storm Rages

Binding: Paperback

Imprint: Andersen Press

Age 9+

Animal Stories Historical Fiction Second World War Fiction

Noah and his friends fight to save animals from being put to sleep at the outbreak of World War Two.

September 1939. Britain is on the brink of war.
As Noah Price’s dad marches off to fight, he asks his son to honour one vital promise: that he will keep their dog, Winn, safe. No matter what. Noah agrees, but his best intentions are crushed when the government advises people to have their pets put to sleep as part of the war preparations. Children are heartbroken, queues outside vets’ surgeries stretch for miles. But Noah is a resourceful and impetuous child. He won’t just do what he is told. Far from it. With his two friends in tow, he makes a pledge. To go on the run, and save as many animals as he can, whatever the cost.
So begins the most thrilling of adventures, involving a stolen ark, a motley crew of animals and a crashed Spitfire. Can Noah possibly save the animals, and lead them all to the promised land?


Born and raised in the north of England, Phil Earle is the author of over twenty acclaimed, award-winning books for children and teenagers. He has worked as a carer, a drama therapist, a bookseller and a publisher, and loves talking at schools and festivals around the world. He lives on the side of a very steep hill with his partner, their five children and two dogs.


A page-turning triumph to make you laugh and cry – it’s Phil Earle at his best

Jacqueline Wilson

Beautiful storytelling – adventure and courage and a menagerie of exceptional animals

Gill Lewis

A truly brilliant story of courage and resilience and exceptional animals… definitely Phil Earle’s best yet

Emma Carroll

Heartwarming, adventurous and inspired in part by Earle’s love for writers such as Katherine Rundell and Robert Westall

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Another powerful wartime adventure

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