A Place to Hang the Moon is a work of fiction, but many of the historic events in the story really did happen!
Holiday House has created a great Educator Guide, available here.
More than a million children were evacuated from London to the relative safety of the English countryside during World War II. Some were even evacuated overseas to Canada and the U.S. If you want to learn more about the evacuation, the Imperial War Museum and the BBC are good places to start.
The city of Coventry was nearly destroyed by bombings in November of 1940. This extraordinary city was rebuilt, but evidence of the war remains today. Coventry Cathedral was rebuilt in the 1960s, but the new building is physically connected to the ruins of the medieval cathedral. It is an amazing place dedicated to peace and reconciliation.
Rationing - of food, clothing, paper, gasoline - was VERY real during the Second World War, and for years afterwards. Clothing swaps like the one in A Place to Hang the Moon happened all the time, and people waited in long lines at the grocery store to see which foods were available and which were not.