As always, the first place I turn for a book about a specific city, regardless of the age of the intended reader, is Miroslav Sasek
Cornelia and the Audacious Escapade of the Somerset Sisters set in New York City, portions of this story take place in Paris, London and Morocco.
The Whispering House - a really great ghost story set in contemporary England with a ghost from the Victorian Era and a scene at the Midsummer's Fair. Review to come on June 25, 2012.
And, finally, a best friend of mine and fellow kid's book lover is spending the year in London studying Shakespeare and working on her master's. I asked her to poll her mates and find out what books they all read as kids. Here are the top three, which I plan to read and review this summer!
David Almond's Skellig, published in the US in 2000, is an award winning book both here and across the pond. Almond recently published the prequel, My Name is Mina.
Philippa Pearce's Tom's Midnight Garden was published in 1957 and remains widely read and is considered a classic in the UK. When Tom's brother gets measles, he is sent to stay with an uncle and aunt who live in a small flat with no garden. Because he might be contagious, Tom is sequestered and lonely. One night he hears the grandfather clock strike 13 and when he goes to investigate he finds a small, sunlit garden and a girl named Hatty. This book has been adapted by the BBC into a made for television movie three times and as a cinematic release in 1999. Clive King's Stig of the Dump was published in 1963 and is also considered a classic. Stig is a caveman living in the dump in 20th century England when he is befriended by a boy and his sister. Stig of the Dump has also been made into a television show.