The Children of the King

The Children of the King

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Twelve-year-old Cecily Lockwood and her older brother, Jem, leave their father behind in war-torn London and travel with their socialite mother to the country estate of Uncle Peregrine. Arriving at the village, Cecily discovers other children being evacuated, most of them alone and frightened, waiting to be chosen by strangers to board with them. Cecily wants one for herself, to bring home to the manor with them.

 

After her mother surprisingly agrees, Cecily chooses a girl named May. Although May comes from a poorer background, she is clever and unwilling to be controlled by Cecily, who wonders if perhaps she has made a poor choice. In the meantime, fourteen-year-old Jem is straining to do something for the war effort and is at odds with his mother, while their uncle plays host, shaded by his own dark mystery.

 

The discovery of the ruins of Snow Castle by May and Cecily prompts Uncle Peregrine to tell a story, a true tale of royalty and betrayal and of sons and mothers and murderous uncles, one that reaches across the centuries and into their present life. May and Cecily also discover two strange boys at the ruins, brothers whose story comes to life as the days pass.

 

Part historical fiction, part ghost story and part coming-of-age, The Children of the King is a spellbinding story, written by an internationally renowned author.
Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, ©2012.
ISBN: 9780670067572
0670067571
Characteristics: 274 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.

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ChristchurchLib May 26, 2014

"During World War II, the threat of bombing causes many people to flee London for the safety of the countryside. Among them is 12-year-old Cecily, who (along with her mother, her brother Jeremy, and a fellow evacuated child named May) moves into Heron Hall, her Uncle Peregrine's old country manor. Uncle Peregrine entertains the children with a dark, historical tale of two young, imprisoned princes, but it's not until Cecily and May discover two unusual boys in the ruins of a nearby castle that the chilling truth behind Uncle Peregrine's story begins surface. Past and present collide in this mysterious and quietly suspenseful read." Kids' Books May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/e329073f-c291-4e0a-ae5d-eaa73bc6b98b?postId=1d7b0bb3-b502-4822-80ba-98a40aaefff5

Ms_Gaye May 21, 2014

This historical fiction tale set in London during WWII rings true even though there is a bit of fantasy included. The characters are believable. For grades 5-8.

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