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4.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 54.1 out of 5 4.10 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Westall Narrator: Ron Keith Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781470357443
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The air-raid siren that pierces the English night sky comes as no surprise to young Harry Baguely. Ever since Hitler began sending his warplanes to raid London, Harry has become an old hand at running to his family’s bomb shelter and waiting for the attacks to end. This time, though, Harry’s family doesn’t make it to the shelter.

A war orphan with nowhere to go and only a lonely dog for a friend, Harry decides to make a courageous journey up the English coast. He is looking for a place to call home, a safe place far away from the danger and confusion of the city. But when he finds it, will it be worth the struggle? In Harry’s encounters with the frightened civilians and weary soldiers of war-torn England, Robert Westall draws a compelling portrait of the devastating effects of war on children.

An ALA Best Book for Young Adults and an American Booksellers Pick of the Lists, The Kingdom by the Sea is both a powerful historical record and a moving tale of one boy’s adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An excellent selection for private enjoyment, for reading aloud, as a supplement to units on war, or as a discussion starter on the human capacity to survive extreme adversity.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A fine survival story.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 NC | 2/19/2013

    " This wonderful book has me out looking for the rest of this author's books. A wonderful adventure of a boy and his dog during WWII. Terrific growth in the character and a realistic ending. I wish there was a sequel, though the ending is very satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katherine | 3/10/2012

    " My favorite childhood book! A beautiful story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 2/27/2012

    " like "Once" by Morris Gleitzman so I will recommend to the year 7's and 8's "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Varsha Seshan | 12/3/2011

    " Sophie McKenzie is absolutely right when she says that Westall chose a third ending altogether! I enjoyed the book tremendously. The range of characters is incredible; the relationships drawn are beautiful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 6/10/2011

    " The Kingdom by the Sea was a wonderful book combining my three favorite styles of survival story. Wilderness Survival: your basic garden variety rough it style, urban survival: saving, buying, and, packing to make ends meet, and mid ground survival with no place to go using both styles to live. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Livvy | 6/9/2011

    " This book is great - I mean it's fun to imagine living by the sea, and it's written well, and interestingly. But what is with the ending? It defeats the point of the whole book, and decreased the value of a previously great book for me. But other than that, I really liked it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 5/15/2011

    " I always loved this book, and imagined I would kind of like an adventure like this -- if I knew my parents and sister were safe at home. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joshua | 2/14/2011

    " like "Once" by Morris Gleitzman so I will recommend to the year 7's and 8's "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Henry | 6/22/2009

    " The Kingdom by the Sea was a wonderful book combining my three favorite styles of survival story. Wilderness Survival: your basic garden variety rough it style, urban survival: saving, buying, and, packing to make ends meet, and mid ground survival with no place to go using both styles to live. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 6/5/2008

    " I always loved this book, and imagined I would kind of like an adventure like this -- if I knew my parents and sister were safe at home. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Westall

Robert Westall (1929–1993) was born in Northumberland, England. His first published book, The Machine Gunners, won him the Carnegie Medal. He won the Carnegie Medal again for The Scarecrows, which made him the first writer to win it twice. He also won the Smarties Prize for Blitzcat and the Guardian Award for The Kingdom by the Sea. Robert Westall’s books have been published in twenty-one different countries and in eighteen different languages, including Braille.

About the Narrator

Ron Keith, a native of England, graduated from the University of Manchester. He has appeared in the Broadway touring production of Amadeus, in off-Broadway productions such as Hedda Gabler, My Fair Lady, and Candida, and in many regional stage productions. His television appearances include roles in One Life to Live and As the World Turns.