• A Place to Hang the Moon

  • By: Kate Albus
  • Narrated by: Polly Lee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (386 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The War That Saved My Life and other World War II fiction, A Place to Hang the Moon is the tale of three orphaned siblings who are evacuated from London to live in the countryside with the secret hope of finding a permanent family.

It is 1940 and William, 12, Edmund, 11, and Anna, nine, aren't terribly upset by the death of the not-so-grandmotherly grandmother who has taken care of them since their parents died. But the children do need a guardian, and in the dark days of World War II London, those are in short supply, especially if they hope to stay together. Could the mass wartime evacuation of children from London to the countryside be the answer?

It's a preposterous plan, but off they go - keeping their predicament a secret, and hoping to be placed in a temporary home that ends up lasting forever. Moving from one billet to another, the children suffer the cruel trickery of foster brothers, the cold realities of outdoor toilets, and the hollowness of empty stomachs. They find comfort in the village lending library, whose kind librarian, Nora Müller, seems an excellent choice of billet, except that her German husband's whereabouts are currently unknown, and some of the villagers consider her unsuitable.

©2021 Kate Albus (P)2021 Tantor

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Excellent Historical Novel

Both the author and the narrator do an excellent job with this book! The plot will certainly want to make want to cry and I definitely did not want this book to end but I was really happy with the ending. As my daughter said "this book is about family and how the 3 orphaned siblings always wanted to stay together no matter what".

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We Loved It!

This is an awesome book. Kids loved it. Ages 13, 12, 9, 6 & 4.

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absolutely amazing

I could not put it down it was the best book in the world I promise you it is amazing the first chapter your information but it's not that good but once you get into the book I promise you you will not be able to set it down now it has some grown up so don't have kids under the age of six listening to it other than that it is absolutely absolutely absolutely amazing definitely listen to it a place to hang the Moon amazing

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Outstanding narrator and excellent story.

Enjoyed this story very much and I'm sure part of that was the excellent narration.

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A Place to Hang the Moon

This was a darling story. If you need an uplifting book, this will do it.

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Heartfelt and satisfying

This is a touching story. I loved the dynamics between the three siblings and the way they cared for one another through this difficult time.
I found myself tearing up at various parts of the story, some out of sorrow for what the children experienced, and some out of joy when they were treated with the care they deserved, yet never expected.
The narrator did a wonderful job of keeping the character voices consistent. I always appreciate an audiobook that is performed rather than just read. This was very well performed.

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Utterly charming

One of the best books I’ve read in a long while. I’m an adult, but occasionally enjoy reading JF, and this book didn’t disappoint. Well drawn characters, a propelling plot, and a delightful and heartwarming resolution to the young protagonists dilemma.

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Feel Good Story

I enjoyed this book so much! Plucky children who grow and learn by the trials they endure and get their just reward - a forever ‘billet’ with someone who loves them. It’s a great story and the narrator did a perfect job.

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Delightful

My kids (aged 6-12) and I all loved this book. We can’t wait for Kate Album’s next book!

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Awesome awesome book

This book touches your heart from the beginning to the end
A clean wholesome book I would recommend to children and adults alike

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  • liezel
  • 11-11-21

Brilliant

Honestly as an audio book listener this has been a mix of the most beautiful story paired with an excellent narration!!! So we’ll written and brilliantly narrated! Happy kids , they just couldn’t stop listening- ages 10,12,14 and 16

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  • 08-14-22

Thoroughly enjoyable!

I was captured from the first moment until the end! A family friendly look at war time in England through the eyes of three children evacuated from London to the safety of the country during WW2. The story has the right mix of humour, intrigue , suspense and emotional moments with interesting characters!

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  • Vanessa McEvoy
  • 07-01-22

Amazing

This story is amazing.
I love the ending.
It is great historical fiction.
I loved this story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-21

Incredible story

What a powerful storyteller Kate Albus is! Both children and adults alike in our family adored this book. A ‘must read’ For sure. It was a glimmer of hope and love in a challenging time period then and now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-21

A place to hang the moon

This book is quite spectacular as it is set in one of the most horrible times and yet makes it sound happy and even enjoyable I would recommend this to thousands with a large word dictionary in there house though. ;)