Sonya Hartnett is a beautiful writer. She's from Australia, and I have to admit to being partial to writers from Australia. They take risks with their writing that American writers do not. They do not fear omniscient narrators. They don't seem to fear anything. Their stories weave and bounce about and yet come together so beautifully.
I know I'm generalizing here, but bear with me. It's mostly true.
This story sucked me in, it gave me the chills, it made me think about what life would have been like in London during WWII. It made me think what it would have been like to be an evacuee. And it made me wish I was a child again and could imagine away so many of my problems.
Ages 10 and up.
Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins.