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The Children of the King

The Children of the King [Kindle Edition]

Sonya Hartnett
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"[a] wonderful book from a superlative storyteller." (Readings)

"Hartnett deftly interweaves dark, eerie passages with episodes of domestic realism - either of the banalities of English village life, or of juvenile squabbles at Heron Hall. The result is a sustained ventriloquism. Remarkably, Hartnett has reproduced the tone and voice of a girls' own adventure story from the 1940s and has channelled it through the emotional consciousness of an upper-class pre-teen who's a bit of a ninny. And yet, it works. The Children of the King is a wise and elegant exploration of growing up. If that's ''mere'' children's lit, then I want more." (The Sydney Morning Herald)

"As the wealthy Lockwood family flees London during the Blitz of WWII, they decide to take in an evacuee. Twelve-year-old Cecily chooses May Bright to join them at remote Heron Hall. Narrator Jennifer Vuletic is sublime; the two girls are vastly different, and hearing their voices adds tremendously to listener interest. She also captures 14-year-old Jeremy Lockwood’s feeling of helplessness towards the distant war. Through their voices, we can almost SEE their cold mother and charming but disappointing father. Every night Uncle Peregrine (and Vuletic) splendidly regales the children with tales about nearby Snow Castle. The lyrical story illustrates how everyone in society is affected by war and the misuse of power. An epilogue allows listeners to follow the characters long after the war." (AudioFile Magazine)

Book Description

A hauntingly beautiful story set in England during World War II from one of Australia's most acclaimed writers for children.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1531 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0763667358
  • Publisher: Scholastic Fiction; 1 edition (6 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HU7N6K2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #100,036 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely WW2 ghost story for the 8-12 age group. 21 Oct 2014
By Mrs. Bryony A. Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I bought this on a whim because my 10 year old is studying World War 2 at school and thought this would be a good bedtime read to back up what he was learning. I've been reading it aloud with him and my 7 year old daughter at bedtime and we have really enjoyed it.

There is a fabulous chapter describing how Ceciliy. a slightly spolit but likeable 11 year old, sees many evacuees on the train down with her and convinces her mother that they should take one. She is then allowed to choose one "like choosing a kitten from a basket!" but ends up with more than she bargained for with May Bright.

The story turns a little ghostly when the girls discover 2 boys at a nearby ruined castle, and are told the tale of the two princes in the tower by their uncle but it's not spooky enough to scare my over-sensitive daughter.

I would really recommend this - it's beautifully written and so lovely to read aloud and has had my children captivated from the first chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Fina
I enjoyed the story as it was imaginative and flowed well. I enjoyed that Cecily thought that she was to look after May as, May was the evacuee, but she was well able to look after her self. It used the difference in their backgrounds to show their different outlooks on life and how being richer didn't necessarily mean more freedom .

I enjoyed it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely quick story 5 May 2014
By Lizzie
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If your into history and like reading about it (with a bit of mystery) then you will love this story.
- its a story set in WW2 but has a second story within its self, dating back to Richard 3rd.
- if you are REALLY into facts and want a fact-full story which is 'Historically' correct this isn't necessirly the book for you, you just need to remember its aimed for young people along with a mystery story within its self.

hope this helps, please vote!!
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