The Skylarks' War

The Skylarks' War

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Description

Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018.

The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

Clarry and her older brother Peter live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.

When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?
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Product details

  • 9-11
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 26mm | 286g
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • None
  • 9781509894963
  • 48,903

Table of contents

Chapter - 1: Clarry and Peter, 1908-1911 Chapter - 2: Lessons and Stars, 1912 Chapter - 3: Journey to Summer, Summer 1912 Chapter - 4: Rupert Chapter - 5: Shilling Ticket Chapter - 6: Swimming Lessons, 1912-1913 Chapter - 7: Growing Up Chapter - 8: Simon the Bony One Chapter - 9: The Miss Pinkses' Academy Chapter - 10: Girls Can Do Anything Chapter - 11: Grammar School Girl, August 1914 Chapter - 12: Rupert in Uniform, Winter 1914 Chapter - 13: Over By Christmas Chapter - 14: Tripe Sausages Chapter - 15: Letters Home, Easter 1915 Chapter - 16: Simon Comes to Stay Chapter - 17: The Photograph Chapter - 18: Horse Transport, Summer 1915 Chapter - 19: Lucy Chapter - 20: Sausage Rolls, Winter 1915 Chapter - 21: Saved by Books, Summer 1916 Chapter - 22: Death of a Friend Chapter - 23: How-Do-You-Spell-It? Chapter - 24: More of Less Content Chapter - 25: Clarry the Dark Horse Chapter - 26: The Key to the Cricket Pavilion, Summer 1917 Chapter - 27: In Flanders Chapter - 28: Violet and the Pink Beret Chapter - 29: Peter's Speech Day Chapter - 30: Simon Enlists Chapter - 31: Peter's Plans and Clarry's Dreams Chapter - 32: Clarry Visits Oxford Chapter - 33: Clarry's Butterflies Chapter - 34: A Dog Called Rupert Chapter - 35: Grandfather and Grandmother Chapter - 36: Behind the Front Line Chapter - 37: Wild Run Chapter - 38: The Telegram Chapter - 39: Odysseus Chapter - 40: Rupert is Missing Chapter - 41: The Great Search Chapter - 42: Mr Rose Chapter - 43: A Friend with a Boat Chapter - 44: Facing the Music, Spring 1918 Chapter - 45: Miss Vane and Mr King, Summer 1918 Chapter - 46: Rupert Goes Back, Autumn 1918 Chapter - 47: The Death of a Giraffe, November 1918 Chapter - 48: Armistice Day Chapter - 49: Afterwards Chapter - 50: Love to Everyone Unit - i: Author's Note: The World Behind the Story Unit - ii: Glossary Unit - iii: Bibliography
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Review Text

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
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About Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay is an award-winning author, having won the Guardian Fiction Prize for her first novel, The Exiles, and going on to win the Smarties and the Whitbread (now the Costa) Award for The Exiles in Love and Saffy's Angel. Hilary McKay's Fairy Tales was her first book with Macmillan Children's Books and is a critically acclaimed collection of clever retellings. Her 2018 title The Skylarks' War marks the centenary of the end of the First World War and is a classic in the making.
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Rating details

2,474 ratings
4.23 out of 5 stars
5 46% (1,137)
4 37% (906)
3 13% (328)
2 3% (81)
1 1% (22)
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