This story was developed as part of an Oral History project in Hull. Based on the real-life 1938 diary of a girl called ‘Betty Lavender’, pupils from 16 different primary schools worked with Polly to interview friends and relatives about their wartime memories. All of the true stories were then woven into a fictional play about Betty and her brother Sam, which was first performed by 180 children at Hull Truck Theatre. Since then it has been performed by over a thousand pupils in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Pupils also took part in writing workshops to create diary entries for the characters and these were published as the books ‘Betty’s War’ and ‘Sam’s War’.