With Britain on the brink of invasion, orphan George Penny is evacuated to the countryside while his brother, Charlie, fights the Nazis as part of the air force. Little does George know that his friendship with Jewish girl Kitty is about to bring the war much closer than he ever thought it would. Kitty’s grandfather, an archaeologist, knows that a priceless Anglo-Saxon crown is buried nearby, a crown that the Nazis believe will win them the war. It is up to George and Kitty to find the crown and protect the country before it is too late.
Award-winning The Buried Crown, although a young person’s book, is a fantastic read for anyone interested in the second world war or Anglo-Saxon history. The two eras are superbly linked together, with fact and fiction merging to create an exciting adventure story that will appeal to adults and children alike.
Through George, we experience the life of a young evacuee, a boy who has already been through a lot in his short life and who now longs for the safe return of his brother while living in an extremely unpleasant environment with a man who mistreats him. He finds a kindred spirit in Kitty who has arrived in Britain courtesy of the Kindertransport programme and is someone who, due to her religion, has already experienced tremendous loss. Both characters are extremely likeable and show tremendous determination and courage to prevent a catastrophe from occurring.
As well as the historical element, we have a wonderful adventure full of excitement, danger and even a touch of magic as the children try to outwit a group of Nazis who will stop at nothing to steal the crown. I really enjoyed The Buried Crown and have no hesitation in recommending it.