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.
About the Author
Michael Morpugo is the third Children's Laureate, and is one of the most well-known and best-loved of children's authors. He has written over ninety books, short stories, screenplays and two musicals, and has won many prizes, both here and in Europe, including the Whitbread Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Children's Book Award for Kensuke's Kingdom, and the Writers' Guild Award and the Smarties Prize for The Butterfly Lion.
From England's Children's Laureate, a searing WWI-era tale of a close extended family repeatedly struck by adversity and injustice. On vigil in the trenches, 17-year-old Thomas Peaceful looks back at a childhood marked by guilt over his father's death, anger at the shabby treatment his strong-minded mother receives from the local squire and others-and deep devotion to her, to his brain-damaged brother Big Joe, and especially to his other older brother Charlie, whom he has followed into the army by lying about his age. Weaving telling incidents together, Morpurgo surrounds the Peacefuls with mean-spirited people at home, and devastating wartime experiences on the front, ultimately setting readers up for a final travesty following Charlie's refusal of an order to abandon his badly wounded brother. Themes and small-town class issues here may find some resonance on this side of the pond, but the particular cultural and historical context will distance the story from American readers-particularly as the pace is deliberate, and the author's hints about where it's all heading are too rare and subtle to create much suspense. (Fiction. 11-13, adult) (Kirkus Reviews)
For Ages: 9 - 17 years old
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 25th August 2004
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.0 x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.16