What was the First World War really like? Step into the boots of 14-year-old James Marchbank and experience the most important, incredible, peculiar, poignant, remarkable and revolting bits of World War 1. Inspired by the real-life diary of a Scottish boy soldier, each easy-to-read chapter mixes James's story with timelines, letters, diagrams and illustrations to create a fact-tastic account of the First World War, which is both fun and emotionally engaging for younger readers. Take a journey through time to find out'¦ -- Why rat hunting became a popular hobby in the trenches -- How parachuting pigeons helped at war -- Why a really good friend would rub whale oil on your feet -- What it actually felt like to be a teenager at war A Secret Diary of the First World War is the first in a new brilliant series, which blends together intriguing facts and fascinating fiction to bring the most exciting, gruesome and crucial moments of Scottish history alive for young readers. From 7-10 years.
'A Secret Diary of the First World War is inspired by an actual account of a teenager who fought on the Western Front. Gill Arbuthnott has used his story to make the Great War more accessible to younger readers... He kept a diary and Gill has used it as the basis for her book which also includes blocks of explanation to help modern readers. The book is illustrated by Darren Gate in a very engaging style. I'm very glad to have this book and I'll certainly add it to my collection... this is a book that deserves to be read.'
-- Jane Sandell, Young People's Librarian at Moray Council
Series: Fact-Tastic Stories from Scotland's History
For Ages: 7 - 10 years old
For Grades: 2 - 5
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 26th July 2018
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 15.49
Weight (kg): 0.14
Edition Number: 1