The Skylarks' War (Hardback)Hilary McKay (author)
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Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018
The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.
Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.
When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 223 x 142 x 33 mm
'Hilary McKay is one of the great writers of children's fiction and this story of love and loss during the First World War is one of her best, told with unflinching wisdom.' - Sarah Hughes, The Independent
'McKay couples warmth and grace with wry humour like nobody else out there.' - Katherine Rundell, The Guardian
'McKay is a superb writer, deftly spinning history into a family drama of emotional neglect, shameful secrets, unrequited love, loss and ultimate triumph over all of these in a funny, moving and emotionally insightful book that could, and should, be read by all ages.' - Sally Morris, The Daily Mail
'Follows three cousins as they come of age in a dense and beautifully unravelled family saga that will appeal to children and adults alike.' - The Daily Telegraph
'The Skylarks' War by Hilary McKay rivals Testament of Youth for delicacy and heart-wringing clarity in its portrayal of the home front during the First World War.' - The Independent
'This book is agony and ecstasy, and never have I read such a human and accessible account of World War I. Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Hilary McKay's radiant characters touch my heart like real people, friends and loved ones I know well. Possibly the finest writer of our time.' - Elizabeth Wein
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