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World War One (WW1)

The tragedy of World War One continues to appal and fascinate readers and there is a wealth of literature and non-fiction books to enlighten and educate.

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Only Remembered

Only Remembered

Key Stage 3 Key Stage 4

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Poems, short stories, personal letters, newspaper articles, scripts, photographs and paintings are just some of the elements of this astonishing collection, with cover and artwork by renowned illustrator, Ian Beck. Among the many contributors are Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cornwall, Sir Andrew Motion, Miranda Hart, Dame Jacqueline Wilson, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer, Antony Beevor, Emma Thompson, David Almond, Dr Rowan Williams, Richard Curtis, Joanna Lumley, Raymond Briggs, Shami Chakrabarti and Sir Tony Robinson. Royalties from the publication will be spilt between the Royal British Legion and projects for soldiers' children and families at SSAFA.

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Road to War A First World War Girl's Diary, 1916-1917

Road to War A First World War Girl's Diary, 1916-1917

Key Stage 3

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

How the First World War affected girls is excellently captured in this diary. Living a comfortable life in the country where she is regarded as a tomboy on account of her love of riding, Daffy has never had to work in her life. But, with the outbreak of war, things begin to change. It is 1916 and Daffy learns some basic skills in the local village hall and then signs up for the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Soon she is in France and right in the midst of the action. The addition of photographs brings the experience alive while a useful timeline gives some of the key dates of the First World War. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Stay Where You are and Then Leave

Stay Where You are and Then Leave

Key Stage 2

Author: John Boyne Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/07/2014

Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014   Best-selling John Boyne gives a poignant insight into the First World War as seen through the eyes of a young boy whose father goes away to fight and returns shell shocked. Alfie is only five when his father signs up as a soldier. Left to be the man of the house and to take care of his mother, Alfie soon suspects that something terrible has happened to his father. Working as a shoe-shine boy to earn much needed money to keep the family afloat, Alfie uncovers the truth about his father and also learns about the terrible cost of the war on everyone around him. John Boyne’s naïve narrator will feel familiar to all those who loved The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Dusk

Dusk

Key Stage 4

Author: Eve Edwards Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Dusk by Eve Edwards is a beautiful love story set against the brutal back drop of WWI. For all fans of Sebastian Faulks and historical romantic fiction - this is Bird Song for Young Adult readers. A love worth fighting for.

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Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/05/2004

Heroism or cowardice? A stunning story of the First World War from a master storyteller. Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.

The Edge of the Cloud

The Edge of the Cloud

Author: K. M. Peyton Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/1999

Christina and Will have escaped Flambards for London with their heads full of dreams, only to find a whole new set of problems. Not only the basic ones of work and a place to live, but Will's single-minded ambition to desing and pilot flying machines, which terrify Christina every time he leaves the ground. Will is certain he can become a success, but what price is he willing to pay for the glory? A Carnegie Medal winner in 1969, this novel is now reissued in a smaller format mass-market paperback.

Archie's War: A Child's Guide To The Gre

Archie's War: A Child's Guide To The Gre

Author: Marcia Williams Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2009

This is a fascinating scrapbook insight to the First World War, as seen through the eyes of a young boy. In 1914, just before the outbreak of the First World War, ten-year-old Archie is sent a scrapbook in the post by his Uncle Colin. In the years that follow, until the war ends in 1918, he writes in the book and we experience life through Archie's eyes and learn about his world and his family in an exhilarating collage of strip comics, doodles, drawings, cartoon characters, mementoes, photos, thoughts and jokes. It's an astonishing insight into what it was like to be a child at this important moment in history. With its striking scrapbook style - containing flaps and fold-out letters - Archie's War is fun, informative and instantly accessible to a young audience. It supports KS1 and KS2 History: historical interpretation and enquiry, and KS2 English: reading in a variety of forms (letters, diaries, autobiographies).

My Story: Road to War

My Story: Road to War

Author: Valerie Wilding Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

It's 1917 and the Great War rages in Europe. When Daffy Rowntree's brother goes missing in action, she refuses to sit safely in England, and determines to do something to help win the war. Soon she finds herself in the mud and horror of the battlefields of France, driving an ambulance transporting the wounded of the trenches.

First World War Sticker Book

First World War Sticker Book

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2014

Travel back in time with this fascinating sticker book, jam-packed with information, maps and photographs taken during the First World War. Covering one hundred years after the outbreak of WW1, this title helps you discover the history that led up to it, the military strategies that were employed on both sides, what life was like for soldiers in the trenches and much more. It comes with over 100 stickers of photographs and artefacts. It is published in conjunction with The Imperial War Museums.

The Foreshadowing

The Foreshadowing

Author: Marcus Sedgwick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/02/2004

It is 1915. 17 year old Sasha Fox is the privileged only daughter of a respected doctor living in the wealthy seaside town of Brighton. But her brothers, Edgar and Tom, have gone to war and Sasha has a terrible gift. She can see the future. Her premonitions show her untold horrors on the battlefields of the Somme, and worse still, what will happen to Edgar and Tom. Like the prophetess Cassandra, who foretold the tragedies of Troy, Sasha is trapped by power. No one will believe her. Her family have lost faith in her. She is determined to win them back, whatever the price. And it is a high one - seeing the future is a fate almost too awful to contemplate - for who wants to see the end of their own story...? Stylishly written in his familiar, poetic prose the story is that of a world full of threat and a child in jeopardy - but with a heroine resourceful enough to try to change the path of Fate.

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