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A Place to Hang the Moon

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  8,285 ratings  ·  1,916 reviews
Set against the backdrop of World War II, Anna, Edmund, and William are evacuated from London to live in the countryside, bouncing from home to home in search of a permanent family.

It is 1940 and Anna, 9, Edmund, 11, and William, 12, have just lost their grandmother. Unfortunately, she left no provision for their guardianship in her will. Her solicitor comes up with a
Hardcover, 309 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Margaret Ferguson Books
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©hrissie ❁ [1st week on campus-somewhat run-down]
5 stupendously shining stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟!

Lo and behold:

💜 the new Children's Classic and Classic for all ages 💛

✔️ the sweetest 🍯 book in existence;

✔️ the quintessential antidote ⚗️ to any childhood qualms, as well as;

✔️ the very essence of diamond 💎 perfection and preciousness


A delicately tender, heart-warming, and moving tale that will leave an everlasting imprint on every living soul.


Young Anna (9), Edmund (11) and William (12) are extraordinary kids. Yet with no other known relative
Lisa Vegan
This was so good I feel like crying. One for my favorites shelf!

Charming! Engaging. Three children, siblings each with a unique personality and all endearing. It’s a lovely story!

A page-turner!

Orphans. Check.
Characters who like books & reading, and literary references. Check.
Historical fiction. Check. WWII era. Check.
England. Check.
Check. Check. Check.

There were some upsetting things but they were made a bit less upsetting to read because of the way the kids reacted. In one particular case th
Mar 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022, read-aloud, children
DANG this was so good. I just loved it.
Beth Anne
Mar 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-aloud, 2021
May 2021:

I finished reading aloud A Place to Hang the Moon yesterday and my kids would like to add their voices to mine in recommendation!

I flew through this book in March in just 24 hours and absolutely loved it. But its one of those stories that is just magical as a read aloud. The main characters feel so real and relatable, their bookworm tendencies and habits so similar to our own, and their struggles and difficulties had my kids never satisfied when I said we had to stop reading. We laughed
Jan 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022
Finally read this book that I was hoping to love so much! It's a five star prediction so I'm saving my rating and review til I finish the others and film that video. Stay tuned... ...more
Aug 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
"William swallowed thickly. A thought entered his mind--a wish, you might even say--but somehow Edmund's voice rang in his head. 'Now that you've got me a bicycle, I wonder if you'd also fancy being my mum?'" (PG. 277)

This was such a wonderful surprise to read. I grabbed it from the library based on the title. I immediately wanted to know about the 3 orphans William, Edmund and Anna and how the war was going to impact their finding a proper place to call home.

I loved that the book wasn't the typ
Reading_ Tamishly
Sep 29, 2022 rated it really liked it
Would have been a perfect five star read if not for some problematic issues (unnecessary violence towards a child, disturbing harm towards animals).

You will get to know a lot of irresponsible adult characters though we can understand their shortcomings during this period the story happened.

I love the kids so much. I shouldn’t choose favourites and this time I am facing no issues. I would say my favourite is William, Anna and Edmund. They are so adorable and responsible! I want to adopt them!

This was a lovely story that got even better as the book went on and left us hoping there might be a sequel. we read this as a read aloud, there were some wonderful characters, some villains, some much loved and some interesting ones in-between.

There was one downside, this is set in England during WWII but was written by a US author and had so many US terms in it, we had to keep stopping reading to find out what the terms meant! If this had been a US set story we would have found this a bonus bu
A cozy and charming enough read but lacks depth and believability.

The reason I didn't come away loving this book as much as I thought I would is that the characters were one dimensional or so over the top with stereotypes. The cross teacher with the pinched face who immediately decides she doesn't like the three children and won't listen to anything they say (until the breakthrough moment towards the end). The oldest child is super responsible and academic, the middle child is cheeky and causes
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All they want is a mother who thinks they hang the moon. For three orphans that is a tall order, especially in the midst of the Blitz. Their solicitor is at a loss. The deceased grandmother did not name a new guardian and there is no immediate family available. So, William, Edmund, and Anna take a chance on meeting someone as evacuees. They encounter prejudice, bullying, poverty, and despair. Now it is Christmas and they reach a pivotal moment at their billet. Your heart will break for these you ...more
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a read! This was phenomenal! It got a big book hug when I finished, & it left me with all the happy feels. I was 12% through this when I picked it up yesterday-then I finished the rest in 2 separate sittings yesterday. I didn’t want to put it down.

These kids are each amazing in their own right. I loved the sibling dynamic in this story. As the oldest, William has had so much on his shoulders that no 12 year old should have to bear. My heart ached for all of them, but especially him. Mrs. M
Katie Ziegler (Life Between Words)
It’s like reading a classic in the making. Warm and tender. Mrs. Muller is an all around a Mrs. Honey—her home cozy and inviting and full of love. Oh how this book captured my heart.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
3.5 stars

If I had to describe this middle-grade book, I would say it was quaint. If I'm allowed to add a couple more words, I'd say it was a bit sad at times, but also sweet.

I loved seeing the siblings care for and their love for each other--especially the things some might call "little things"--but also William and Edmund protecting Anna's sensitive heart from the harsh world. Overall it was a very enjoyable book and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

I was going to give this
Aug 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, ww2
Lovely story of WWII sibling evacuees.
Chautona Havig
Jun 24, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
So... how good was this book?
I started it with the intention of seeing if I'd like it. Five chapters. That was the goal. After all, I'm in the middle of a few other books that I am really enjoying. But it's been sitting on my little stove in my shed-i-ffice taunting me. I figured if five chapters didn't grab me, I'd shuffle it off to my daughter and get it out of my way.

A few hours later (had to sleep in the middle there), I'm drunk on a story that feels like someone combined Elizabeth Enright's
Erin Entrada Kelly
Nov 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.
Susy C. *MotherLambReads*
"It's time to start a new story."

This was a Bookstagram book made me do it and so glad I did. My daughter got ahold of it before I did and we got to talk about it.

A sweet and huggable coming home story about three orphans during WW2. Predictable ending but delightful. We all need good endings. Loved all the references to books and reading.
Amanda M (The Curly Reader)
A beautiful middle grade following a set of 3 orphan siblings that evacuate London during WWII in search of a new family. It reminded me a lot of the beginning of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (without the magical world).
Alex  Baugh
First they lost their parents and were taken care of by their cold, distant grandmother. Now she's gone, too, it's June 1940 and there's war on. So it's decided that the orphaned but with an nice inheritance Pearce children - William, 12, Edmund, 11, Anna, 9 - would be evacuated from their home in London. The plan is that they will be sent to the countryside with a school they never attended, in the hope that they will find a proper family that wants them, but to not say anything about their inh ...more
Zainab Shahid
Aug 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Over the course of my reading career, I have found a special place for myself in children's literature. There's the nostalgia of childhood combined with its innocence that has always had an element of comfort about it. A Place to Hang the Moon is a book about war and childhood and books and family. Between its pages, it carries a whole world that would make you weep and laugh and, most importantly, root for the protagonists. I found it a wonderful read. ...more
Carol Bakker
I soothe myself to sleep with books. When I saw several recommendations for A Place to Hang the Moon, I thought it might a perfect balance to the extra-ness of Thanksgiving week. Uncomplicated, England, cozy. Yes, yes, and yes!

I especially liked the character of Edmund, who mirrors all the second-born sons I know. And knowing and loving boys like him, I cheered each time Mrs. Müller's response to Edmund was spot on.

It was pleasant to read a book in which siblings didn't go for each other's thro
Christine Indorf
Jan 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, fiction
What a delightful book. The story of William, Edmund, and Anna. There Grandmother just died and they have no other family. Because it is WW2 children are being evacuated to the country so they hope to find a family for them. Their 1st family is nice but not their children, the other is only using them for money so to escape their problem the children go to the library where they meet a wonderful librarian Mrs Muller. So starts there reading journey and wonderful friendship with this lovely libra ...more
Misty Wilson read.fine.print
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus was acclaimed by bookstagrammers @bibliopals @bookworm_baggins @bookskeelyreads @mrsdeatonreads @momlifeandbooks and I pay attention! When my friends all love a book, I read it.

They did not steer me wrong. I’ll be posting on this book again when I purchase my own physical copy, but this audiobook was PERFECTLY read by Polly Lee. It’s a beautiful mixture of The Chronicles of Narnia, Anne of Green Gables, maybe a little Sound of Music. Why Sound of Music? I
Niki (nikilovestoread)
I love reading children's classics. Reading A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus felt like reading a new classic. My kids and I loved it from beginning to end. The entire book was so entirely enjoyable and it is destined to be loved for generations to come. We all picked up on the inspiration from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the first in one of our favorite children's classic series. I laughed out loud at times and teared up at other times while reading it to my kids. It's a beautif ...more
Jessica Lawler
Oct 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a treasure! The story was heart-warming and the main characters were so lovable. I wanted to climb inside the pages, snuggle with a blanket near the fire in the snug with a cup of hot cocoa and a good book with Anna, Edmund, William, and Mrs. Mueller.
Nov 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm not as up-to-date on new releases as I used to be, so I have no idea what other books it's up against, but I very much hope this one is in the running for a Newbery this year! SO. GOOD. ...more
Jun 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Such a sweet story! I loved the characters, and the time period
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
How I read this: Free ebook copy received through Edelweiss

So this weekend, I finally read a couple middle grade books that broke my huge reading slump, and A Place to Hang the Moon was one of them. It was amazing – heartwarming, real, cozy and sweet. The pages simply melted under my fingers! The book immediately drew me in – it had a pleasant tone and felt natural, and I could instantly feel for the characters. The bit I loved the best was how the book instantly places you in cozy situations, a
Ms. B
Jun 04, 2022 rated it liked it
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Delightful, avid readers will love this historical fiction story, about siblings William, Edmund and Anna who are evacuated from London during World War II, that mentions many classic reads throughout the story.
Becca Harris
Jun 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
All the stars!!!!! This was by far one of the best read aloud we’ve ever, ever read!! The language was rich, but not superfluous. The characters were brilliant and we were so sad to walk away from the ending. Kate Albus, pleasssssse write more stories like this!!!
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Kate Albus grew up in New York but now lives in rural Maryland with her husband and children. She loves reading, baking, knitting, hiking, and other activities that are inherently quiet.

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“The librarian chuckled. “I suppose there are rather a lot of orphan stories out there.” “Why do grown-ups write so many of them?” William asked. “I hadn’t really thought about it,” Mrs. Müller confessed. “Perhaps they think children fancy the notion of living on their own, without adults to tell them what to do. It’s quite daft, if you think about it, isn’t it?” 5 likes
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