Our Castle by the Sea

Our Castle by the Sea

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England is at war. Growing up in a lighthouse, Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels and stories about sea monsters. But now the clifftops are a terrifying battleground, and her family is torn apart. This is the story of a girl who is small, afraid and unnoticed. A girl who freezes with fear at the enemy planes ripping through the skies overhead. A girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone.-- Publisher's description.
Publisher: New York : Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781911077831
Branch Call Number: J Stra
Characteristics: xi, 319 pages ; 20 cm


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Aug 17, 2019

Our Castle by the Sea by Lucy Strange, is a beautiful novel set in the first year of the Second World War, about an eleven year old girl named Pet, her older sister Mags and their parents who all live in a lighthouse whose lives have been surrounded by storms, the sound of crashing waves, and legends. More specifically, the legend of the Daughters of Stone, until suspicion starts brewing in her small village on the South East Coast of England when authorities start arresting Germans and other “Enemy Aliens” out of fear that they might be communicating with the Nazis. Out of nowhere, Pet and Mag's Mutti (mom) is taken away and it leads to a chain reaction of emotions and events. It's a marvelous and eerily beautiful story of discovery, courage, love and hard challenges. The author did a great job in making this book stand out with plot twists, details, and a unique writing style. Perfect for people, who want to know more about the Second World War. I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars and would recommend it to readers over the age of 10. @Violet Feather of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Jul 11, 2019

Another good children’s historical fiction book that adults can enjoy, too. 11 yr old Petra’s family lives in a lighthouse on the coast of England during WWII. Pet is a fearful child living during a terrifying time but she has to find her inner courage to deal with the circumstances that are tearing her family apart. Family members acting oddly and keeping secrets plus an unknown saboteur in the small community add an air of mystery. The author does a great job bringing to life the atmosphere of a coastal town and Pet’s love of living by the sea. I enjoyed this perspective of WWII and think this book would be a gentle way to introduce young readers to this time period.

Jun 28, 2019

A picturesque location and sense of place juxtaposed against the reality of war and an imminent Nazi invasion. Petra and her sister Magda are forced to grow up and face the forces that have torn their family apart so abruptly. Includes a legendary circle of stones, a lighthouse, local intrigue and the Dunkirk rescue. Will appeal to those who have enjoyed "The War That Saved My Life" and its sequel. Would make a very appropriate read aloud for a class studying WW II.

Chapel_Hill_MarthaW Mar 10, 2019

I loved Lucy Strange's The Secret of Nightingale Wood, so I was eager to read this, her second book. And I think I loved it nearly as much, because pretty much everything about this was wonderful -- the coastal English WWII era setting; the smart, scared, confused protagonist at its heart; and the intriguing wartime mystery that keeps you turning the pages late into the night. It has more of a thriller feel to it than I was expecting from the cover or the back jacket copy, and I was absolutely not expecting it to be as much of a page-turner as it was, but I think kids (and, you know, adults who love children's books about England and lighthouses) will really enjoy this -- and they just might learn something, too.


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