I enjoyed this one so thoroughly. It looked at WWI from an angle I haven’t seen addressed in any other book and dealt with the conscientious objectors, women, people who opposed the war, and such like. Highly recommend.
This was kind of blah. The premise was interesting–the story of the Gold Star Mothers, about whom I’d never heard–but there were so many characters and plots going on and I wished that the author would have focused more exclusively on say 4 characters than 10 or whatever it was and fleshed them out more. It wasn’t a terrible book, it just felt like it had too much going on for too many characters, a number of whom I didn’t really care about.
I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS BOOK LET ME SCREAM ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS WILL THAT DO???
Okay, so I love Hilary McKay, full stop. I’ve been excited about this book ever since I heard it was coming out and have read it twice already – first an ARC, then the UK version that I bought. I love the characters, I love the story, I love McKay’s dry quirky sense of humour, and the way she manages to write for kids (my 6 and 9 year olds enjoyed sitting in to listen when I was reading this over the phone to a friend) whilst maintaining a depth that bears many re-readings.
I just want to be McKay when I grow up, thank you for coming to my TED talk.