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The Chil­dren of the King Sonya Hart­nett, Vik­ing, $24.95 With The Sil­ver Don­key and The Mid­night Zoo, Hart­nett’s new novel makes a trio of books that set chil­dren amidst events that would over­whelm them if some­thing mag­i­cal did not be­stow psy­cho­log­i­cal strength and wis­dom. When the Blitz be­gins Heloise takes Ce­cily, 12, and Jeremy, 14, to safety on their un­cle’s es­tate. On the way they take in an evac­uee, 10-year-old May Bright. Jeremy is trans­formed when he pits him­self against the hor­ror of the bomb­ing; Ce­cily’s more sub­tle change is wrought by May – Bright in wits and na­ture as well as name – and two mys­te­ri­ously for­mal young boys hid­ing in a de­cay­ing tower. Full of sub­tleties of thought, lan­guage and his­tory this is a gem for the book­ish of any age. Katharine Eng­land

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