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About Kate Albus
Kate Albus writes historical fiction for young people. She loves getting to know new characters, both by writing and reading about them. Kate grew up in New York and now lives with her family in rural Maryland. Other than writing, she loves baking, reading, knitting, and other activities that are inherently quiet.
A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON is her debut novel. Set in England during the early days of World War II, it's the story of three orphaned siblings who hope the wartime evacuation of London will be their chance at a forever home. The story was inspired by Kate's lifelong fascination with the WWII evacuations. Appropriately enough, she first learned of these historical events in a story... C.S. Lewis' THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE.
Visit Kate online at katealbus.com.
Author photo credit: Jennifer Riley Photography.
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It is 1940 and William, 12, Edmund, 11, and Anna, 9, aren't terribly upset by the death of the not-so-grandmotherly grandmother who has taken care of them since their parents died. But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of World War II London, those are in short supply, especially if they hope to stay together. Could the mass wartime evacuation of children from London to the countryside 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 lasting forever. 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 stomachs. They find comfort in the village lending library, whose kind librarian, Nora Müller, seems an excellent choice of billet, except that her German husband's whereabouts are currently unknown, and some of the villagers consider her unsuitable.
A Place to Hang the Moon is a story about the dire importance of family: the one you're given, and the one you choose.
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