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Hilary McKay

Hilary McKay is one of the best-loved children’s novelists writing today. She has a talent for writing compelling stories and making the ordinary beautiful and extraordinary.  Her depiction of families is warm and compassionate even when circumstances are challenging. Most recently she has written two novels sent against the backdrop of the First and Second World Wars. Through the eyes of her characters, she brings history to life, showing the impact on the lives of individuals and their families.

I invited Hilary into the Reading Corner to talk about The Swallows’ Flight, the sequel to The Skylarks’ War.

About The Swallows’ Flight

A moving WWII story of family and friendship on opposite sides of a devastating conflict. The Swallows’ Flight is the stunning companion novel to The Skylarks’ War. 

Erik and Hans are German boys.

Ruby and Kate are English girls. 

They grow up in worlds that would never meet until war tumbles their lives together. Then one September afternoon there are choices to be made. How is courage lost, and found? Who is really the enemy? And what does friendship truly mean, in the middle of a war?

Meanwhile, Rupert and Clarry work secretly for peace – and a brighter future for them all .