War is a time when people’s true self is shown. John Marsden’s novel Tomorrow When The War Began, involves teenagers being thrown into a warzone when their hometown is invaded. The characters experience various changes and transformations. These changes occur when they experience life threatening situations and environmental change. Ellie, the main character in the novel, shows the most change in the novel, from bravery to love to courage. These are key parts of Ellie’s transformation throughout the book. These changes are shown throughout the whole novel from her finding feelings towards boys, becoming more confident and risk taking and becoming more courageous.