This was an amazingly captivating tale. At first I was wondering why they were in such a rush and what they were running from. From the descriptions, I first interpreted it as part of a natural disaster but the ending really pulled everything together really well. It was just great how you managed to incorporate the child's perspective and still manage to write from a third person narrative. This is definitely receiving my vote.
You know before this The Camera was my favorite, but today this has become my new favorite. As a history nut I have three periods of time that draw my attention. Medieval Britain, the US Civil War and WWII, so this is right up my ally. It was beautifully written and had me enthralled until the end. I loved the ending. How very true, the resiliency of children is amazing! As always, my friend, brilliantly done.