That Burning Summer
Written by Lydia Syson
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One of our Books of the Year 2013 & October 2013 Book of the Month Set in the Second World War this is a moving and evocative story set in the hot summer of 1940. Having been moved out of London to live with relatives in the country, Peggy and Ernest are keen to do their bit for the war effort – especially because they have their own fights with the local children on account of their father’s pacifism. Ernest has read all the instructions about what to do if the enemy lands and Peggy, too, knows exactly what she should do. But, when Peggy finds a young Polish pilot, wounded after his plan has been shot down, she is torn between following instructions and following her instincts.
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That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson
Romney Marsh, July 1940. When invasion threatens, you have to grow up quickly. Sixteen-year-old Peggy has been putting on a brave face since the fall of France, but now the enemy is overhead, and the rules are changing all the time. Staying on the right side of the law proves harder than she expects when a plane crash-lands in the Marsh: it's Peggy who finds its pathetic, broken pilot; a young Polish man, Henryk, who stays hidden in a remote church, secretly cared for by Peggy. As something more blossoms between the two, Peggy's brother Ernest's curiosity peaks and other secrets come to light, forcing Peggy and Henryk to question all the loyalties and beliefs they thought they held dear.
Lydia Syson's debut novel A World Between Us, a romantic thriller set in the Spanish Civil War, was Highly Commended for the prestigous Branford Boase Award 2013. It was also longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. To find out more, and read an extract of this superb novel, click here. And download a Reading Guide through the tab on the right hand column.
A small number of readers were lucky enough to be invited to review That Burning Summer. Read their reviews below.
Daisy Pennock, age 16 - 'This book was really great- I loved both the storyline and the historical part of it.' Click Here to read the full review.
Juliana Christianson, age 14 - 'I absolutely adored this book...the combination of historical accuracy and romance made an amazing coming of age novel!' Click Here to read the full review.
Safiyah Afghan. age 15 - 'That Burning Summer, is a passionate, emotional and brave tale that will leave readers emotional. With intricate characters and a deep plot this book is perfect for all readers, especially lovers of romance and history.' Click Here to read the full review.
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3rd October 2013
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