In the final months of World War II, ten-year-old Peggy shelters with her mother and baby brother in a London butcher's shop during an air raid. They survive, but their home and everything in it are lost, including Peggy's most treasured possession, a biscuit tin of letters from her father. Their lives change dramatically and Peggy makes friends with a boy named Spud who has a passion for scavenging bombsites, leading to more than one surprising discovery.
Jacqueline Halsey grew up in England. In recent years, as she watched images of war on television, she realized that her mother and brother were living in a war zone in London back in the '40s. Peggy's Letters is her way of weaving her mother's wartime memories into a book for today's children.