I think if I could write just one book in my life, I would wish I had written this book. I love this book so much–I wasn't sure if Lucy (12) was too young to read it, but she's studying WW II, and this book is about the struggle of a beautiful bunch of people during a time of war.
She loved it. She read the entire thing in one day, well beyond the hours required of her for homeschool. She came into my room last night glowing. I can tell by little comments she's made since that she's been thinking about it pretty much nonstop.
Read it first and decide for yourself if your child is old enough for this tale that sucks you in until you wish you could be a part of that village, a part of those people's lives, just as Juliet does.
For adults and teens.
“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.