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The Skylarks' War

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Costa Children's Book Award Best Book (nominee)
Winner of the Costa Children's Book Award 2018

The Skylarks' War is a beautiful story following the loves and losses of a family growing up against the harsh backdrop of World War One, from the award-winning Hilary McKay.

Clarry and her older brother, Peter, live for their summers in Cornwall, staying with their grandparents and running free with their charismatic cousin, Rupert. But normal life resumes each September - boarding school for Peter and Rupert, and a boring life for Clarry at home with her absent father, as the shadow of a terrible war looms ever closer.

When Rupert goes off to fight at the front, Clarry feels their skylark summers are finally slipping away from them. Can their family survive this fearful war?

Genre: Children's Fiction

Praise for this book

"The Skylarks' War is bloody brilliant, the kind of classic that rings with beauty and conviction and heart-stopping emotion. Not read a novel this good since Eva Ibbotson died." - Amanda Craig

"I laughed, I cried and I wanted all the characters to be my best friend." - Natasha Farrant

"Hilary McKay is a genius. This beautiful book is so many things simultaneously: complex and subtle, beautiful and raw, timely and timeless. I never wanted it to end." - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

"Hilary McKay’s novel is about love as much as war: the effect on children of being deprived of it and the beneficial results on adults of its persistence. McKay is incapable of writing an uninteresting character or a dull scene... I loved it." - Mary Hoffman

"This book is agony and ecstasy, and never have I read such a human and accessible account of World War I. Vivid, hilarious, and heartbreaking, Hilary McKay’s radiant characters touch my heart like real people, friends and loved ones I know well. Possibly the finest writer of our time." - Elizabeth Wein


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Hardback Editions

September 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5344-6004-7 / 978-1-5344-6004-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
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September 2018 : UK Hardback
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Title: SKYLARKS WAR SIGNED EDITION
Author(s): HILARY MCKAY
ISBN: 1-4726-2519-6 / 978-1-4726-2519-9 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5344-2711-2 / 978-1-5344-2711-2 (USA edition)
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December 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5098-9496-9 / 978-1-5098-9496-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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September 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5098-9495-0 / 978-1-5098-9495-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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Audio Editions

December 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5290-1559-6 / 978-1-5290-1559-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bolinda/Macmillan Audio
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December 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
ISBN: 1-5290-1560-X / 978-1-5290-1560-7 (UK edition)
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September 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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September 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
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September 2018 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Skylarks' War
Author(s): Hilary McKay
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Availability: Amazon UK