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World War One (WW1)

To mark the centenary in 2014 of the outbreak of World War One we have gathered together a selection of books, fiction and non-fiction, new titles and old ones, for a wide range of ages, to reflect the tragedy of World War 1.

Over the coming years a lot of books will be published for around WW1 anniversaries, so we will be selecting our favourites, both fiction and non-fiction to keep up to date. We hope it will inspire children never to forget the sacrifices made by their forbears. 'Lest we forget'.

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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

Archie's War

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

Author: Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2015

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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