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The Children of the King

March 11, 2014 | Hardcover
ISBN: 9780670067572
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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.

About this Author

  Sonya Hartnett's work has been published around the  world. She is the internationally acclaimed author of several  picture books as well as novels for both adults and children,  winning such accolades as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize,

the Andersen Award, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial  Award. She lives in Melbourne, Australia.

ISBN: 9780670067572
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: Tundra Book Group
Published: 2014-03-11


"Full of subtleties of thought, language and history, this is a gem for the bookish of any age." - The Adelaide Advertiser

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