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One Boy's War
Sixteen-year-old Sydney is overwhelmed by the excitement of the 1914 recruitment campaigns and the bravado of men leaving for the Great War. Bursting with enthusiasm, he runs away to join up but soon finds himself a long way from home in a frontline trench where reality — and the rats — begin to bite. Told through Sydney's optimistic letters home and his journal, this is a ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 22nd 2009 by Frances Lincoln Children's Bks
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A short story aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils with an interest in history specifically the First World War, this book is a great example of a factual novel for children. The author, Lynn Huggins-Cooper, traced her family history and began to research the story of a family member named Sydney and the part he played in the Great War. She condenses the true facts of his life to make them digestible and appropriate for the age of the reader, allowing their imagination to capture the true feeling of war ...more
Apr 12, 2014 Dale rated it 3 of 5 stars
Picture book focused on soldiers signing on for the First World War. This book is from the perspective of a British boy on the battlefields of France, but could hold some meaning in the experiences to link to Australian servicemen.
Jan 08, 2010 Sam Bloom rated it 3 of 5 stars
An incredibly grim and depressing book about a young boy who lies about his age to become a soldier in World War I and then ends up dying in Belgium. The fact that the book is an oversized novel with many of the characteristics of a picture book (actually, it basically is just a text-heavy picture book, come to think of it) makes the grim subject matter all the more jarring. Anyway, let's just hope this one doesn't get misshelved with the easy books...
Jan 14, 2010 Ellen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older elementary school students
Harrowing true tale of a too-young English boy who joins up to fight during WWI. Written mostly in letters, Sidney longs to fight for his country, but the reality of war is nothing like he imagined and sadly, he never makes it home to see his mother again.