Kate Albus is the author of A PLACE TO HANG THE MOON (Margaret Ferguson Books at Holiday House, 2021). Kate is originally from New York, but now lives in rural Maryland with her family, including some real people and some imaginary ones she’s conjured over the years (all of whom are beloved). Other than writing, her favorite activities are reading, knitting, baking, and other pastimes that are inherently quiet.
A Place to Hang the Moon
Anna, Edmund, and William aren’t terribly upset by the death of their not-so-grandmotherly grandmother. But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of WWII London, those are in rather short supply. Could the mass wartime evacuation be the answer? It’s a preposterous plan, but off they go, keeping their predicament a secret, hoping to be placed in a temporary home that ends up being more… forever-ish. Moving from billet to billet, the children suffer cruel foster brothers, outdoor toilets, and empty tummies. They seek comfort in the village library, whose kind librarian, Nora Muller, would make an excellent guardian, except that the whereabouts of her German husband are currently unknown. But Nora’s cottage is a place of bedtime stories, fireplaces, and tea. Most important, it’s a place where someone thinks they all three hung the moon. Which is really all that matters.