The silence was eerie. In the darkness I could just see the mist that swirled around the rowboat. The men in the boat seemed lost in their own thoughts. No-one spoke, no-one made a sound. Somewhere ahead a loud report. A shot? Rifle fire, from the beach, which was only dimly coming into view. This was it.
When Australia throws its support behind Britain in its fight against Germany, young teacher Stan Moore is one of the first to join up, swapping the classroom for adventure in Europe. But the 11th Battalion is sent with the newly formed Anzac Corp to Gallipoli where Stan is confronted by the hard lessons of war.
Though conditions are dismal and death is everywhere, so is the humour and bravery that is the true spirit of Anzac.
About the Author
Sally Murphy is an Australian author of over 30 children's books. She;s also the slightly crazy mother of six beautiful kids. You'll find bits of her buried somewhere in every one of her books. She loves reading, writing, and speaking about reading and writing.
Pearl Verses The World won the 2010 Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature as well as the 2010 Australian Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Best Book for Language Development. It was also an Honour Book in the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards.
Toppling won the children's book category of both the Queensland and Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, and was short-listed in the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards.
Series: Australia's Great War
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st February 2015
Publisher: Scholastic Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.19