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Anna, Edmund and William aren’t terribly upset by the death of their not-so-grandmotherly grandmother. But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of second World War London, those are in rather short supply. Could the mass wartime evacuation be the answer? It’s a preposterous plan, but off they go – keeping their predicament a secret – and hoping to be placed in a temporary home that ends up being more… forever-ish. Moving from one billet to another, the children suffer the cruel trickery of foster brothers, the cold realities of outdoor toilets and the hollowness of empty tummies. They seek comfort in the village lending library, whose kind librarian, Nora Muller, seems an excellent candidate except that she has a German husband whose whereabouts are currently unknown. Nevertheless, Nora’s cottage is a place of bedtime stories and fireplaces, of vegetable gardens and hot, milky tea. Most important, it’s a place where someone thinks they all three hung the moon. Which is really all you need in a mum, if you think about it.

SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner
New York Public Library Best Book for Kids
Kids Indie Next List

ALSC Notable Children's Book
CCBC Choice
Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

"With its traditional arc, valiant young characters, and attention to culinary detail ('slices of warm bread flecked with currants and slathered with butter'), this is an assured and satisfying story." 

(The Wall Street Journal)

A Place to Hang the Moon

"Heartwarming... Albus infuses the closely bonded siblings’ search for found family with dry humor... affectionate and authentic-feeling characterization, and a plot that alludes to and aligns with the works of Enid Blyton, Frances Hodgson Burnett, and E. Nesbit. (Publisher's Weekly)

"’s in the often crisp, often cozy detailing and the ever-so-British turns of phrase... that this novel claims a place among the most kid-pleasing orphan stories."
(Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books)

"Told in third person, Albus’s rich character descriptions and quick story pace will keep tweens turning the pages until the very end. . . Readers will laugh, cry, and root for the three siblings as they endeavor to survive in this endearing tale." 
(School Library Journal, Starred Review)

"Both touching and genuine, the historical novel A Place to Hang the Moon speaks to the power of stories and families, both of which can be found in the most unexpected places."
(Foreword Reviews, Starred Review)

"Albus achieves a great deal in her first novel. While the Pearces’ initially bleak situation is firmly rooted in classic children’s books... the narrative is fresh, lively, and captivating. The characters are drawn with conviction and a good deal of empathy. Lit by wit and humanity, the novel offers a heartening story in which three resourceful children keep a secret, find what they long for, and treasure it." 
(Booklist, Starred Review)

"A wartime drama with enough depth and psychological complexity to satisfy budding bookworms."
(Kirkus Reviews)

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