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Flora's War

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  16 reviews
It's 1915 and sixteen-year-old Australian, Flora Wentworth, is visiting Cairo with her archaeologist father. She watches with growing alarm as first a trickle and then a flood of wounded soldiers are shipped into the city from Gallipoli.

Flora's comfortable life is turned upside down when a hospital visit thrusts her into the realities of World War 1. She is soon transport
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Paperback, 306 pages
Published August 2013 by Ford St Publishing
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Melissa Wray
Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really like reading historical fiction, especially when it is Australian. I love when the author throws the facts in with the fiction so you are not sure what is what. With Flora’s War the facts were however, a bit more obvious. After having visited both Cairo and Gallipoli I found it easy to get swept away in the story. Rushby’s descriptions easily tugged on my memories and the things I learnt whilst visiting both places.

I loved how Flora and her best friend Gwen thought of themselves as ‘mod
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Tracey Jago
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Flora’s War!!

Flora’s War for me is filled with so much detail and history. Pamela has written a book full of great power. For me reading about how civilian’s helped out in World War 1 was inspiring and I never imagined how much young women actually did during the war.

It’s a book aimed at young girls and to teach about how civilians, especially women, helped during the First War.

I highly recommend every grade 10 student should read Flora’s War as it really shows the War in a
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Saturday's Child
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
This novel is almost two parts, Flora's life in Cairo before and then during the Gallipoli campaign. I really enjoyed the details that have gone into this plot. The story about Flora and her archaeologist father was engaging. The story of Flora and her friend Gwen and how they assisted injured soldiers then brought home the realities of war and the affects it has on people and their lives. ...more
Kaitlin
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I finished this book pretty quick, but it wasn't very good. If anything it was boring. It was a slow start and even the middle wasn't that good. It was a huge let down for me because I normally LOVE books on war, but this one was pretty bad! I don't recommend it to anyone, and I hope to never see it again! ...more
Emily Hutchinson
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
School book not really my style
Jenny
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-ya, 2013
Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby
Ford Street Publishing
Ages: 11+ PB Price: AUD $18.95
ISBN: 9781921665961
Reviewer: Jenny Mounfield

‘Cairo, 1915
We can always smell them before we see them.
Today it’s bad, really bad, but not as bad as the first time, because then we had no conception of just what we’d see when the wooden doors of the train slid back.’

When I read the blurb for this book my first thought was, Oh, not historical fiction! But on reading the opening lines above, how could I not want to know m
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Tiana Mann
Aug 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Flora’s War Pamela Rushy RRP $18.95 ISBN 9781921665981 Ford Street Publishing Reviewer: Robyn Donoghue

Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby opens with a confronting, but honest description of the stench coming off wounded soldiers transported by train from the battlefields of Gallipoli, to the city of Cairo. Through Flora we become familiar with the routine and poise of volunteer drivers as they transport wounded soldiers from trains to the hospital nearby.

Australian girl, Flora is a seasoned traveller t
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Robyn Donoghue
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Flora’s War
Pamela Rushy
ISBN 9781921665981
Ford Street Publishing

Flora’s War by Pamela Rushby opens with a confronting, but honest description of the stench coming off wounded soldiers transported by train from the battlefields of Gallipoli, to the city of Cairo. Through Flora we become familiar with the routine and poise of volunteer drivers as they transport wounded soldiers from trains to the hospital nearby.
Australian girl, Flora is a seasoned traveller to Cairo, accompanying her archaeologi
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Christian West
Feb 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, ya-2014
Flora is a social teenage girl who accompanies her archaeologist father to a dig in Cairo in 1915. With World War 1 ramping up she soon volunteers to work as a driver for wounded soldiers who are sent to the numerous makeshift hospitals throughout the city.
Pamela Rushby has done her research for this story. She has set the plot amongst a little known WW1 story and incorporates events that happen at the time such as a riot, and the generous nature of the Egyptian people towards the wounded soldie
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Julia
The first half of this book seemed a little silly. Flora and her father arrive in Egypt to continue archeological digs with little awareness of the war, despite Australia's participation. Flora is more interested in learning to drive a motorcar, and her American friend Gwen is more interested in clothing.

The book takes a more serious turn when wounded soldiers from Gallipoli are sent to Egypt.

I learned something from this book. I knew about Gallipoli in WWI, but I didn't realize that the wounded
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Gaby Meares
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Rushby's previous book When hipchicks go to War. Flora's War does not disappoint. Flora is a great character, a typical 16 year old girl just wanting to have fun and maybe meet a nice fella. Instead she finds herself in Cairo helping evacuate wounded soldiers returning from Gallipoli. She has to mature in a hurry. She sees things that any young girl would find shocking, but she gives herself a shake and gets on with it - you cannot help but really like Flora. This book would be ...more
Heather
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
I found "Flora's War" quite interesting and it was obvious Rushby had done her homework before writing this book. I loved the Egyptian setting and I enjoyed how Flora grew from a shallow, spoilt teenager, to an independent and resourceful young woman. However, I never fully engaged with Flora, and I found the romance artificial. Also, the ending was too rushed and too tidy making the book unrealistic. ...more
Terese Stockdale
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Nice short enjoyable easy read. A great novel for young readers with inspiring characters and a great plot.
Sumaya
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was really good.i liked how it was about the Egyptians instead of the French like most of the other stories.
Siobhann Wynn
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Brought back memories as it was set in Egypt, it told a different story about the war and inparticular Gallipoli from the view of a volunteer nurse.
Elizabeth
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved that it didn't gloss over the hard bits of war and actually have you an idea of how it was like for a young female volunteer in WWI. ...more
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