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Our Castle by the Sea



by
Lucy Strange

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Scholastic
Imprint
Chicken House
ISBN
9781338353853

Awards and Honors
CPL Best Books - 2019
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language
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JLG Category

PG Middle Plus

Growing up in a lighthouse, 11-year-old Pet's world has been one of storms, secret tunnels, and stories about sea monsters. But now the country is at war and the clifftops are a terrifying battleground. Pet will need to muster all her bravery to uncover why her family is being torn apart.
This is the story of a girl who is afraid and unnoticed. A girl who freezes with fear at the enemy planes ripping through the skies overheard. A girl who is somehow destined to become part of the strange, ancient legend of the Daughters of Stone.

Historical note.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War, Language: Mild Language

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8"

Dewey

[Fic]

AR

5.8: points 10

Lexile

820L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

15

JLG Release

Sep 2019

Book Genres


Topics

Lighthouses. Lighthouse keepers. Family life. World War II (1939–1945). Great Britain. Enemy aliens. Internment camps. Prejudice. Legends. Spies. Battle of Dunkirk, 1940.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly*, Booklist*, The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book

Petra’s “castle” on the southeast coast of England is the lighthouse Pa tends, a place of an idyllic childhood for her until World War II begins. Then Pet’s Ger¬man mother is interned as an enemy alien—only the first of many upsets and mysteries for Pet. Where is her older sister going so early in the mornings? What is the light she’s seen flashing in the fields? Is it the local sandbar, or the legendary Wyrm, or a German U-boat she saw in Dragon Bay? And why is Pa so grim, so sad, as he heads off in their boat for Dunkirk? Fearful Pet feels she has “a whole shoal of secrets, writhing in her mind like silvery fish caught in a net” as events tighten around her. This novel is stuffed with family and wartime secrets, coinci¬dences, improbabilities, and high drama. It’s historical fiction, but reads much like an old-fashioned detective adventure, complete with a secret smugglers’ tunnel and attempted murder. Vivid writing and an intense, intrepid heroine provide its substance and charge, as timid Pet grows to defeat her fears and become a person of strength, courage, and valiant resistance.

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Petra’s “castle” on the southeast coast of England is the lighthouse Pa tends, a place of an idyllic childhood for her until World War II begins. Then Pet’s Ger¬man mother is interned as an enemy alien—only the first of many upsets and mysteries for Pet. Where is her older sister going so early in the mornings? What is the light she’s seen flashing in the fields? Is it the local sandbar, or the legendary Wyrm, or a German U-boat she saw in Dragon Bay? And why is Pa so grim, so sad, as he heads off in their boat for Dunkirk? Fearful Pet feels she has “a whole shoal of secrets, writhing in her mind like silvery fish caught in a net” as events tighten around her. This novel is stuffed with family and wartime secrets, coinci¬dences, improbabilities, and high drama. It’s historical fiction, but reads much like an old-fashioned detective adventure, complete with a secret smugglers’ tunnel and attempted murder. Vivid writing and an intense, intrepid heroine provide its substance and charge, as timid Pet grows to defeat her fears and become a person of strength, courage, and valiant resistance.

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