Details for 'Midwinter Burning' by Tanya Landman
When Alfie is evacuated from London to the Devon countryside during the war, he is thrilled at the opportunity to make a new life for himself.
While there are all the animals and activities on the farm to explore, though, he still struggles to make friends at school. Then he meets Snidge, a boy who seems to be his age but has a strange way of speaking.
One day Snidge disappears and there is a mystery surrounding the village which seems to be connected.
The annual ritual held at the standing stones on the cliff is called Midwinter Burning. It's a harmless superstition according to Aunt Bell, but as Alfie tries to find Snidge, he discovers there's much more to the legend.
This is a very atmospheric time-slip novel for readers aged 9-12. It felt very appropriate reading in the cold, dark nights recently, and very enjoyable.