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The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay

To End All Wars

The Skylarks War by Hilary McKay is a delightful children’s historical novel to be enjoyed by ages ten to adult. The story begins in 1902 continuing into World War I.

The reader follows two siblings, their cousin and friends. We get to know them intimately. We like them and care about their outcomes. We watch as they grow and develop before becoming embroiled in war. Their idyllic childhood summers contrast with the battlefields of World War I. War effects those at home and at the Front. Lies are told to keep spirits high. What purpose would it serve to reveal the true horrors of war? The reader gets caught up in the patriotic fervour as we witness the preparations of parcels and letters.

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