Mohinder's War

Mohinder's War

By Author / Illustrator

Bali Rai


Historical Fiction

Age range(s)



Bloomsbury Publishing PLC




Paperback / softback




A thrilling World War II adventure set in occupied France, featuring an Indian RAF pilot. Great for fans of Michael Morpurgo and John Boyne, and those who want diverse historical fiction. 13-year-old Joelle Breton stumbles across Indian-born RAF pilot Mohinder Singh when his plane crashes in occupied France and it's up to her and her parents to hide him from the Nazis. After all, her parents are brave members of the French Resistance and will do everything they can to help get Mohinder back to Britain. But when they are betrayed and tragedy strikes, Joelle and Mohinder will have to act fast if they are ever to evade the enemy. Flashbacks offer dramatic stories set in key moments of history, perfect for introducing children to historical topics. Book Band: Dark Red. Ideal for ages 10+



Mohinder's War is set during WWII in occupied France. It follows 13-year-old Joelle's father/daughter-like relationship with Indian RAF pilot Mohinder Singh. Shot down over France and crash landing, he is rescued and then hidden by Joelle and her parents (an English mother and French father), who are part of the French Resistance. Joelle has already experienced how her life has changed by the arrival of the German soldiers, but was now she is about to experience something much worse.

Author Bali Rai was inspired to write the story after hearing of Mohinder Singh Pujji, and wanting to highlight the role of the millions of non-white British subjects during World War 2. It shows a brief insight into Sikhism. The real Mohinder settled in Kent after the war, where a statue of him can be found in Gravesend.

Mohinder's War gives an understanding of the harshness of war and how everyday life was affected under Nazi rule, including violence, betrayal and death. There are moment of great sadness as well as great joy. Joelle and Mohinder defy all odds to try to get to safety in Britain - such an exciting near ending!

This is a quick read which will not only appeal to those 9+ year-olds who are interested in WWII history, but also Michael Morpurgo fans.

160 pages/ Reviewed by Donna Ritchie, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 9+


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