The Children of the King by Sonya Hartnett

childrenShortly before the London Blitz, 12-year-old Cecily and 14-year-old Jeremy are sent to live in the countryside with their uncle, Peregrine. They take in an evacuee, 10-year-old May, who comes from a less privileged background but is very much her own person. Immature Cecily tags along after May to the nearby ruins of a castle, where two strangely dressed boys (fifteenth century ghosts) sometimes appear.From time to time, Peregrine entrances Jeremy, Cecily, and May with his episodic telling of an intense, occasionally violent tale from English history, a narrative that informs each child’s experiences. For grade 4 and up.