Light shelfwear to edges and covers. DJ covered with mylar and not clipped. Pages tight and clean. Library discard with usual marks and attachments. Pocket removed. ISBN 0060141247. Stated First US Edition. 169 pages. 169 pages. HardCover Binding. Year: 1976. ISBN: 0060141247. Occupying the ground midway between ""A Separate Peace"" and ""Lord of the Flies,"" this is the seductive story of two superbly gifted boys and their uninspired envious classmate in a run-down English public school. Although the school buildings are named after the bloodiest battles of World War I, only one person on the premises-the eccentric music teacher Vitaly-is even dimly aware that World War II is on their doorstep.