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The Skylarks' War Hardcover – 20 Sep 2018

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market edition (20 Sept. 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1509894942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1509894949
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 3.3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hilary McKay’s novel is about love as much as war: the effect on children of being deprived of it and the beneficial results on adults of its persistence. McKay is incapable of writing an uninteresting character or a dull scene... I loved it. (Mary Hoffman Mary Hoffman)

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, New York Times-bestselling author of Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief)

This is McKay at her finest, all the heart and warmth of the Casson family books - with a touch of the Cazalets. It's both a thrilling family adventure and a truthful, heart-breaking examination of the impact of war... [an] exceptional historical novel. (Fiona Noble Bookseller, Children's Book of the Month)

Hilary McKay is surely the heir to Mary Wesley. The Skylarks' War is just lovely. (Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller)

The Skylarks' War is bloody brilliant, the kind of classic that rings with beauty and conviction and heart-stopping emotion. Not read a novel this good since Eva Ibbotson died. (Amanda Craig)

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 Independent, Best Children's Books for Autumn 2018)

Hilary McKay is a genius. This beautiful book is so many things simultaneously: complex and subtle, beautiful and raw, timely and timeless. I never wanted it to end. (Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, Carnegie-shortlisted author of The Smell of Other People's Houses)

One of my favourite books of the year, this is McKay at her absolute finest. (Fiona Noble Bookseller Children's Buyer Guide, Highlights of the Season)

I laughed, I cried and I wanted all the characters to be my best friend (Natasha Farrant)

Winning as ever, with an overall Secret Garden feel (Kirkus Reviews)

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An evocative and heartbreaking novel of family and friendship in wartime from Hilary McKay, award-winning author of the Casson Family Chronicles.

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