The Skylarks’ War

£12.99

‘The Skylarks’ War‘ is the story of Clarry and Peter, from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of WWI. Clarry’s mother lives for only three days after Clarry’s birth. Somehow Clarry feels responsible for her mother’s demise, but that’s Clarry’s way. She feels responsible for Peter’s happiness and homework, and her father’s silence. The only relief for them all, is when Clarry and Peter head to Cornwall to spend long skylark summers with their grandparents, and their beloved cousin Rupert.

From Peter’s boarding school resistance, to Clarry’s need to learn, we support their determined growing-up. Clarry’s empathy knows no bounds; her lack of envy admirable. We yearn for Peter to find the comfort he has lacked throughout his life, while understanding their, and their friends’, huge admiration of the glorious Rupert.

‘The Skylarks’ War’ is heady stuff. We step right into the setting and tread the footsteps of characters who matter. This is one of the best books that Bookwagon has been fortunate enough to read. You will feel this way too. We urge you to choose ‘The Skylarks’ War’. It is soul-soaring and wonderful.

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The Skylarks’ War

Hilary McKay

(Macmillan)– hardback

Clarry’s mother lives for three days only after Clarry’s birth. Her older brother Peter, a neighbour, housekeeper and friends raise her; Father is too busy. Throughout his silence and the children’s routine, is a constant  longing for Cornwall, light, opportunity and their cousin Rupert. As they grow up, pressures and expectations mount, while Father’s silence continues. Through boarding school, a fight for a fair education, and battle fields, the three cousins and their friends work toward opportunity and a sense of home. ‘The Skylarks’ War’ is one of the best books you will read this year.

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