how did the group of english school boys end up on a tropical island?

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mrerick | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

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While the exact details are a little foggy, we are led to believe that the boys were evacuated from a London school because of a bombing raid on the city (actually, a mention of an atomic bomb is made).  Then, in the process of being evacuated, their plane was shot down and landed on the island.